Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo: Eugene Tanner / AFP / Getty Images

Per a report from NBC News, the Hawaii emergency management employee who sent a false alert last month warning of an incoming missile says he "did what [he] thought was right at the time."

Why it matters: When the alert went out in January, reading "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII...THIS IS NOT A DRILL," people panicked given the rising tensions with North Korea over the past several months. But per NBC, the employee was "100 percent sure" that it was the real deal; he said he "didn't hear 'exercise' at all in that whole transmission."

  • Reitred Brig. Gen. Bruce Oliveira, who was the lead on the investigation, said that the same employee had mistaken drills and real emergencies before, per NBC.
  • A Federal Communications Commission report stated: "There was no requirement in place for a warning officer to double check with a colleague or get sign off from a supervisor before sending such an alert."

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