False Missile Attack Alarm Terrifies Hawaii

For about 30 minutes on Saturday, the island state was rocked with panic. A message flashed across smartphone and tv screens: Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.

Half an hour later, after learning a security monitor operator mistakenly pushed the wrong button, this correction message went out: U.S. Pacific Command has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error. State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon possible.

Of course, the all-clear message came too late for thousands of Hawaiians who fearfully expected their peaceful world to go up in smoke. Wonder if the idiot who pushed the wrong button also reported Japanese aircraft were attacking U.S. Navy ships in Pearl Harbor. And President Franklin D. Trump went on the radio declaring that this is a date that will live in infamy!

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