The news sent people running. Residents and visitors of Hawaii received an alarming message on Saturday, claiming a ballistic missile threat was “inbound to Hawaii”. Continuing in capital letters, the text alert said, “seek immediate shelter”, adding that this was not a drill. Local footage showed people running for cover. Thirty-eight minutes later, a second message clarified that the initial warning had been a mistake, as authorities later said, caused by an employee who “pushed the wrong button”. The local government is now investigating how such an error could be avoided in the future.