28 Jun '18, 11am

Workers of Hawaii Agency that Sent False Missile Alert Seen Sleeping

Workers of Hawaii Agency that Sent False Missile Alert Seen Sleeping

HONOLULU — An employee of the Hawaii agency that mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts about an imminent missile attack earlier this year said he saw staff members watching movies or TV on the job. The worker wrote an email to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's administrator saying another staffer witnessed all three people on duty asleep. The email was dated Jan. 14, the day after the alert went out. The employee's name wasn't released. A different agency worker mistakenly sent the warning that a ballistic missile was heading to the islands, leading hundreds of thousands of people to believe they were about to die in a nuclear attack. The button pusher thought it was a real emergency even though other workers understood it was an exercise. The agency later fired him. It took the agency nearly 40 minutes to retract the alert. The email was included in hundre...

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