Watch the Terrifying Moment an Emergency Alert Warned Hawaiians of a Missile Threat on Live TV


The people of Hawaii received a shocking emergency alert on their phones Saturday morning warning that a ballistic missile attack was imminent — and an terrifying alert also played on live television.

A number of Hawaiian government officials quickly took to social media to frantically clarify that the alert was a mistake, including Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who tweeted that it was a “FALSE ALARM.”

Around 40 minutes later, another emergency alert was sent out to Hawaiians, this time declaring that there is “no missile threat to Hawaii.”

The alert that played live on television, as can be seen above, came in the form of a red banner that ran along with an announcer declaring the following harrowing message:

The U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat to Hawaii. A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes. This is not a drill. If you are indoors, stay indoors. If you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a building. Remain indoors well away from windows. If you are driving pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building or lay on the floor. We will announce when the threat has ended. This is not a drill. Take immediate action measures. Repeat.

It is not yet clear what led to this screw up of colossal proportions, which comes amidst high nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea.

Watch above — and if you’re not a fan of emergency alerts, enjoy two minutes of Tottenham trouncing Everton — via NBC.

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