Hawaii completes mistaken missile alert investigation

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials will be releasing a report from an internal investigation into an alert that mistakenly warned of a ballistic missile.

Gov. David Ige and the investigating officer will release the report Tuesday. They also plan to announce some personnel actions at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

An emergency management employee mistakenly sent the alert on January 13 that made people think Hawaii was under nuclear attack.

The employee is refusing to cooperate with federal and state investigators. The Federal Communications Commission is also investigating. The unidentified worker was reassigned to a section where he doesn’t have access to the warning system.

It took 38 minutes for the emergency management agency to send an alert retracting the warning.


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