San Antonio recalls panic after false missile alert in Hawaii

A false alarm in Hawaii caused state-wide panic. But that panic was also felt in San Antonio.

A false alarm in Hawaii caused state-wide panic. But that panic was also felt in San Antonio.

Human error is to blame for the false missile attack alert. Roberta De La Garza was in a panic on Saturday morning as her son, who lives in Hawaii with his family, called her when he got the alert.

Her son, his wife, and their two daughters huddled in the restroom. 

"I put her in my bullet proof vest," the son told his mom. "I have covered her with blankets. Eva, I covered her. I put a cap on her, and they are all in the restroom."

Ten minutes later, but De La Garza said it felt like an eternity to her, she got another call from her son saying it was all a mistake. Hawaii Governor David Ige said that it was human error.

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"It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift, where they go through to make sure the system is working, and an employee pushed the wrong button," he said.

De La Garza, whose son is in the Army, said that someone needs to be held accountable.

"This is something you don't ever want to go through with your grandkids or your child," she said. "And I am like, ‘Just come home, just come home.’"

The chairman of the FCC said that the agency is launching a full investigation into the false emergency alert.

"There has to be a better way or a better system," she said.

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