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Panic spread through the state of Hawaii on Saturday morning when residents received an alert on their phones warning of a ballistic missile threat that was accidentally sent out by Civil Defense.
Scores of confused residents tweeted screenshots of the warnings after receiving them shortly after 8am local time.
Hawaii is on the flight path between North Korea and the US. Saturday's warning comes after months of nerve-inducing intercontinental ballistic missile tests by Kim Jong Un.
The alert was written all in block capitals, read: 'BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.
'SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL'.