How Hawaii was gripped by panic from false missile warning

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  • Panic and terror gripped residents and visitors in Hawaii on Saturday 
  • Authorities said there was an incoming ballistic missile only to later clarify that it was a false alarm 
  • One Twitter user wrote: ‘My family was hiding in the garage. My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken’ 

Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com

Panic and terror gripped residents and visitors in Hawaii on Saturday after authorities said there was an incoming ballistic missile only to later clarify that it was a false alarm.

Social media users posted videos, photos, and testimonials about residents hurriedly taking up shelter while thinking they were under attack.

One Twitter user wrote: ‘My family was hiding in the garage. My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken.’

Panic and terror gripped residents and visitors in Hawaii on Saturday after authorities said there was an incoming ballistic missile only to later clarify that it was a false alarm. Honolulu is seen above on Saturday

Panic and terror gripped residents and visitors in Hawaii on Saturday after authorities said there was an incoming ballistic missile only to later clarify that it was a false alarm. Honolulu is seen above on Saturday

Panic and terror gripped residents and visitors in Hawaii on Saturday after authorities said there was an incoming ballistic missile only to later clarify that it was a false alarm. Honolulu is seen above on Saturday

One Twitter user wrote: 'My family was hiding in the garage. My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken'

One Twitter user wrote: 'My family was hiding in the garage. My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken'

One Twitter user wrote: ‘My family was hiding in the garage. My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken’

‘Talking to loved ones in Hawaii, the reality of the situation is everyone thought they were going to die for 40-minutes,’ tweeted another Twitter user. 

‘Let that sink in. Extremely traumatizing and please send your love to everyone there.’

One Twitter user snapped a photo of people in a shelter. One of those was apparently former NBA superstar Magic Johnson.

John Haltiwanger tweeted that he received a text message from a friend saying: ‘My friends are in a “fall out shelter” in Hawaii due to the missile threat and hanging with Magic Johnson.’ 

‘Get a false nuclear holocaust alarm, hang with a legend. Only in 2018,’ Haltiwanger tweeted. 

Current NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns tweeted: ‘Words cannot describe the relief my family and I feel that the alarm in Hawaii was false.

‘My girlfriend was born and raised in H awaii and with most of her family there, the panic was real.

‘We should thank god for every day no matter the struggles and tell our family we love them.’ 

CNN host Jake Tapper tweeted: ‘So sorry for all the people in Hawaii who went through that – we know someone who’s there with her family.

‘Crying in closet texting goodbyes to loved ones, husband shielding their baby. Sounds traumatic. Hang in there, folks.’ 

Maureen McCormick tweeted: ‘My family in Hawaii got a phone alert and hid in the bathroom with kids for a good 10 minutes thinking “This is going to be it.”

‘So terrifying.’ 

Lorenza Ingram, a producer for CNN, told the network: ‘We got alerts on our phone… we opened our sliding glass door to look out onto the beach, we saw probably 10 different families running, not walking, running back to their room.’ 

Another CNN producer, David Shortell, told the network: ‘There was a bit of running and shouting after [the alert was received]… People were nervous.’ 

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