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State Rep. Matt LoPresti: 'Praying With My Children' in Bathtub After Alert

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By    |   Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 05:46 PM

Hawaii State Rep. Matthew LoPresti said Saturday that "I was sitting in the bathtub with my children saying our prayers" after he received a false alert about an incoming ballistic missile.

"I live in an area where if they hit what they were aiming at, we're in the hot zone for radioactive fallout," LoPresti, a Democrat elected in 2014, told Martin Savidge on CNN. "So, we took shelter immediately in a room of our home.

"I was sitting in the bathtub with my children saying our prayers — and fielding phone calls and messages from friends, family and colleagues, telling them all to take shelter immediately."

LoPresti said he has two children, ages 8 and 4.

He told Savidge that he soon wondered "why we couldn't hear the emergency sirens. I didn't understand that.

"That was my first clue. That, maybe, something was wrong, whether a hack or an error."

The alert moved in all capital letters on social media at 8:07 a.m. local time and was sent to cellphones.

"Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii," the alert said. "Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."

But 38 minutes later, U.S. officials sent another message saying that the text was a false alarm.

At a news conference, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that the false warning was triggered after an "employee pushed the wrong button" during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Still, "we took it as seriously as a heart attack," LoPresti told Savidge.

"I'm extremely angry right now," he added. "Somebody should lose their job if this was an error."

In addition, State Rep. Scott Saiki, the Democratic speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives, declared on Facebook that "this cannot happen again."

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Hawaii State Rep. Matthew LoPresti said Saturday that "I was sitting in the bathtub with my children saying our prayers" after he received a false alert about an incoming ballistic missile."
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