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Windsorite in Hawaii Experiences False Nuke Alarm

Hawaii Governor David Ige confirmed that the alert was a false alarm and the islands were not under threat of a nuclear attack. Harold Campbell is a real estate agent who has lived in Honolulu for 18 years. He grew up in Windsor, having attended grade ...

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A Windsor native has experienced the confusion surrounding a nuclear notification blunder in Hawaii. An error by a technician at the U.Sstate’s Emergency Management Agency brought uncertainty and panic among Hawaiians early Saturday morningHawaii Governor David Ige confirmed that the alert was a false alarm and the islands were not under threat of a nuclear attack. Harold Campbell is a real estate agent who has lived in Honolulu for 18 yearsHe grew up in Windsor, having attended grade school at John Campbell and high school at the former Forster and W.DLowe Secondary. He tells that the alert came automatically via mobile devices, radio and television and interrupted the calm of a Hawaiian Saturday morning. “My daughter came busting out of her room saying ‘it says it’s not a fake’ and showed me her cell phone with the message on the warning,” says Campbell. The BBC reports that officials in Hawaii confirmed that the alert was sent at 8:07am Hawaii time, or 1:07pm Eastern timeCell phone users received the following terse message: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to HawaiiSeek immediate shelterThis is not a drill.” Campbell says he’s a calm person by nature, but he soon began hearing reports of people in panic across the islands. “There were people putting their kids in sewersThey got out of their cars and pushed them into sewers thinking that would protect them from a missile,” says Campbell“It was really, really bizarre.” Officials in Hawaii say 38 minutes elapsed between the time of the false alert and the announcement that a nuclear-sized mistake had been madeCampbell says it felt longer than that, and he was able to quickly make contact with family and friends in Canada via phone and social media. “A lot of people went on Twitter and stuff,” says Campbell“I was getting calls from Canada at the time from people we knewI was like ‘Don’t worry, it’s probably nothing.'” Officials say the transmission of the message worked the way it was supposed to, but due to confusion taking place during a shift change at the EMA, someone pushed a wrong button, sending an actual alert instead of a test. Campbell says emergency tests are done regularly not only because of Hawaii’s proximity to possible nuclear devices from North Korea but also for the potential of earthquakes and hurricanesHawaii scheduled a nuclear test before Christmas, the first one since the end of the Cold War. The U.Sgovernment says they have ordered a full investigation. Previous Story Suspects Sought in Outlet Mall Shoplifting Next Story Wallaceburg Man Wins Cruise Mark Brown Mark joined Blackburn Radio in fall 2016, after working as an intern covering general news and Windsor Spitfires hockey He has a degree in communication from Wayne State University and a diploma in journalism from StClair College He has worked for radio stations in Detroit and Toledo, Ohio. Email Mark Brown Twitter More Articles (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); As Heard On: Contact is a network of local newsrooms providing timely, accurate multimedia coverage of Southwestern and Midwestern Ontario. Contact Us Here Submit a News Tip (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-2505284-34', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); /* Please wait a while ...","text_valid":"Please choose a valid poll answer.","text_multiple":"Maximum number of choices allowed: ","show_loading":"1","show_fading":"1"}; /* ]]> */

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