Worker Who Sparked Panic In Hawaii With Missile Alert Text Won't Be Sacked

Man keeps job after huge blunder

Worker Who Sparked Panic In Hawaii With Missile Alert Text Won't Be Sacked Tulsi Gabbard/Twitter

The civil defence worker who accidentally sent out an 'ballistic missile threat' alert to residents and holidaymakers in Hawaii won't be sacked, but is being put under rigorous retraining along with his colleagues.

The US state's emergency management administrator Vern Miyagi has told local media the man "feels terrible" about the blunder which happened on Sunday.

"This guy feels bad, right. He's not doing this on purpose, it was a mistake on his part and he feels terrible about it," Mr Miyagi said.

"I accept responsibility for this - this is my team, we made a mistake. We are going to take processes and study this, so it doesn't happen again."

It has been revealed the worker was supposed to be triggering a system test but sent out the horrifying alert by mistake. It took authorities around 38 minutes to officially cancel the alert.

The FCC has also launched their own investigation into the false warning.

 

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