This smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Richard Ing, a Honolulu attorney, is photographed as he joked it was probably someone’s last day on the job Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, when Hawaii emergency management officials mistakenly sent an alert that a ballistic missile was inbound to Hawaii. His wife told him about the alert while he was doing a construction project at his Honolulu home. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)
HONOLULU — A push alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic Saturday was issued by mistake, state emergency officials said.