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FCC To Investigate Hawaii’s Terrifying False Ballistic Missile Alert

The FCC will launch a full investigation into the false missile emergency alert sent to residents of Hawaii today, Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC has announced.

The push notification alert went out just after 8 am HST, panicking residents and visitors. Apparently a false alarm during a drill, the alert, according to media speculation, was possibly a human error.

The all-caps alert was terrifying: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL” In addition to the push alert, the message was televised.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI, later tweeted this:

HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018

The @FCC is launching a full investigation into the false emergency alert that was sent to residents of Hawaii.

— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) January 13, 2018

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