Hawaiian officials say an "error" lead to ballistic missile warning being issued Saturday morning

Hawaii (NBC) - Officials in Hawaii said a error resulted in a mass "Emergency Alert Warning" being sent out to everyone on the island. 

The alert warned of an incoming ballistic missile, and was sent out around 8:00 a.m. Island Time. 

It read, "EMERGENCY ALERT, BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." 

The alert was sent to cellphones. 

It sent off a panic on the island as people reportedly ran for shelter. More than 10 minutes later, Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency put out a tweet saying there was no incoming missile. 

The city and county of Honolulu and the U.S. Pacific Command also put out statements calling the warning an "error." 

It's not clear what caused the alert to go out. 

All of this comes just weeks after Hawaiian officials said they were reinstating air raid warning sirens because of nuclear threats from North Korea. 


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