Hawaiian false missile alert scares local families
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
A local family got the scare of their life this weekend after Hawaiian officials mistakenly sent out a missile alert.
Rod Crawford got a message on his phone, warning him of an imminent missile attack.
The message told him to seek shelter right away and that this was not a drill.
"My father-in-law went into the other room and got my mother-in-law up, and my wife and I ran into the other room and snuggled up our daughter on the bed, and she didn't know what was going on, but she could tell that we were worried," Crawford told Eyewitness News via a Facebook video connection. "She started to get a little teary. Then we grabbed her and huddled up on the floor between the two beds, the two queen-sized beds, and kissed each other goodbye."
It took around 30 minutes until another alert was sent telling him the last alert was not real, much to his relief.
Melissa Millwood's son lives in Hawaii, and she was devastated when he called and told her about the message.
"It was pretty scary for a little bit there," she said. "I wanted to jump on a plane and go there and like be with him. I mean, he didn't have anyone."
Officials in Hawaii say the alert was sent by someone who pushed the wrong button. The incident is still under investigation.