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Hawaii lawmakers investigate missile alert error

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House Speaker Scott Saiki says someone pushed the wrong button, sending an alert to cellphone users across the islands warning of them of an impending missile strike.

However, there was no attack on Hawaii, and officials later said the alert was sent in error.

Cindy McMillan, a spokeswoman for Gov. David Ige confirmed to The Associated Press that it was human error, but she didn't have further details.

Saiki says the system Hawaii residents have been told to rely on failed miserably. He also took emergency management officials to task for taking 30 minutes to issue a correction, prolonging panic.

He says in a statement that the Hawaii House of Representatives will begin an immediate investigation.

Saiki says, "Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations."

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