WATCH: Hawaii Governor Explains Ballistic Missile Panic: Someone ‘Pressed the Wrong Button’


Hawaii Governor David Ige explained that the accidental emergency alert sent out to his state warning that a ballistic missile threat was imminent was the result of an employee pushing the wrong button during a shift change.

“This change in the shift routine happens three times a day, seven days a week, 365 times out of the year,” Ige explained. “For the most part it occurs flawlessly. There was an error today, and we will be investigating and changing our procedures to avoid this from ever happening again.”

CNN correspondent Sara Sidner reported the governor explained the false alarm was triggered by someone who “pushed the wrong button.”

No, seriously:

“There was a shift change, the governor said. And during that shift change––it was a routine shift change––someone accidentally, and this is how he put it, pressed the wrong button. And that sent out the alert, not only to cell phones, but also the emergency alert to television stations as well as the radio stations.”

Some people were a little, well, stunned by that:

Watch above, via CNN.

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