Thousands of terrified Hawaii natives woke up Saturday morning to an emergency alert message on their smartphones stating that there was a ballistic missile threat inbound and to seek shelter immediately.

The alert also stated that it was not a drill. Residents were left completely in the dark of the mistake until 38 minutes after the original warning was sent causing widespread panic. A video on Twitter shows a family placing their children into a storm drain after the false alerts were sent out. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) eventually tweeted that the alert was a false alarm and that the state was in no actual danger of an attack.

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The situation is especially terrifying given the growing tension between the United States and North Korea as well as concerns about the authoritarian regimes nuclear capabilities.

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