Emergency sirens accidentally went off on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Maui on Wednesday, rattling nerves and sparking criticism as residents recalled surviving a false ballistic missile alarm last year.
The Honolulu Police Department "inadvertently triggered" the alarm during a training at 5:10 p.m. local time, Mayor Kirk Caldwell tweeted. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency announced that the siren was a mistake by 5:16 p.m. on Twitter.
Emergency officials are investigating the incident, Caldwell said. The alarm follows statewide panic in January 2018, when a state employee clicked the wrong option during a practice test, sending an alert to seek shelter from a ballistic missile. It took officials 38 minutes to tell cellphone users that the warning was false.
"What in the actual f*** is wrong with your guys system," one user tweeted Wednesday. "This is twice now I've been in imminent fear for my life. You guys have some explaining to do."
Many others were equally unhappy on Twitter:
Sirens went off by Waianae Boat Harbor.... Boys and coaches at football practice was tripping out.... AGAIN???? SOMEONE PUSHED THE WRONG BUTTON AGAIN???— La Akuna (@LaAkuna) September 19, 2019
An actual emergency is gonna go down one day and everyone is gonna die clowning Hawaii EMA on Twitter 🤡— yeeyee (@cinnflavg) September 19, 2019
Get it together HEMA. Not gaining in the trust category— Ame 雨 (@hare_2002) September 19, 2019
THIS has got to stop 🛑 like my nerves are messed up— Monique Christina 🌺 (@MujerNatural808) September 19, 2019
When mistakes like this happen you belittle the importance and meaning of the warning. There better be resignations over this or there needs to be a congressional hearing on why this keeps happening. Both state and Federal. People need to trust emergency warnings. Shame on you!— Dustin Malama (@dustinmalama) September 19, 2019
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