Honolulu, Jan 14: The residents of Hawaii had to live in panic for 38 minutes after a wrong message warning them of inbound missile attack flashed on their phones on Saturday. The Hawaiian authorities, in a statement, clarified the message was sent after someone pushed the wrong button. The White House, commenting on the incident, said it was a state exercise and people had no reason to worry.

The message which read “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” forced residents of Hawaii islands to flee their homes and take shelter at secure places. Even, people left the cars on the highway and started searching for safe shelters. [Also read: Donald Trump Says US Willing to Talk to North Korea Under ‘The Right Circumstances’]

Governor David Ige revealed that whole incident was triggered by a wrong button.”It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the change over of a shift and an employee pushed the wrong button”, Ige told CNN. “The warning went out to cell phones, television and radio got the emergency alert”. [Also read: We Can Destroy North Korea Too, Says US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley]

Ige also issued a statement via Twitter, saying he wanted to “get to the bottom of this so we can prevent an error of this type in the future”.

“While I am thankful this morning’s alert was a false alarm, the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system”, he wrote.