Hawaii's Missile Alert Was False, But The Threat Isn't Inconceivable
Residents in Hawaii received a warning about an inbound ballistic missile Saturday. It turned out to be a false alarm.LEARN MORE
The worker who sent that false alert about a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii is out — and so is his boss.
The worker who sent out that false alarm about a missile headed to Hawaii earlier this month has been fired, and the head of the agency he worked for has resigned.
The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that the worker who sent the alert thought there really was a ballistic missile headed to Hawaii. But that wasn't the first time he'd made that mistake, according to state officials. They say he mistook drills for actual events at least twice before.
Maj. Gen. Arthur Logan, who oversees the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said at a news conference Tuesday that Administrator Vern Miyagi resigned. He also said one person had been fired and another will be suspended without pay.
The FCC had previously said the person who sent that alert wasn't cooperating with their investigation.
The alert he sent out incorrectly told people there was a ballistic missile headed for the islands. That, understandably, caused a panic.
A four-minute 911 call made by a military pilot and the resident whose backyard he crashed into has been released.
Gen. CQ Brown will be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after Gen. Mark Milley retires at the end of September.
Military officials said they've located debris about two hours northeast of Joint Base Charleston, near where the plane was flying.
The government could run out of funding at the end of the month, which would force FAA employees to work without pay.
Those returning will be provided water, shade, washing stations, portable toilets, medical and mental health care, and transportation assistance.
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