'I was sitting in the bathtub with my children saying our final prayers': How Hawaii was gripped by panic as phones and TV stations broadcast false missile warning telling islanders to seek shelter

Mail Online | 1/13/2018 | Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com
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Panic and terror gripped residents and visitors in Hawaii on Saturday after authorities said there was an incoming ballistic missile only to later clarify that it was a false alarm.

Social media users posted videos, photos, and testimonials about residents hurriedly taking up shelter while thinking they were under attack.

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'I was sitting in the bathtub with my children, saying our prayers,' Hawaii state representative Matt LoPresti told CNN in emotional interview after false missile alert.

One Twitter user wrote: 'My family was hiding in the garage. My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken.'

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'Talking to loved ones in Hawaii, the reality of the situation is everyone thought they were going to die for 40-minutes,' tweeted another Twitter user.

'Let that sink in. Extremely traumatizing and please send your love to everyone there.'

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One Twitter user snapped a photo of people in a shelter. One of those was apparently former NBA superstar Magic Johnson.

John Haltiwanger tweeted that he received a text message from a friend saying: 'My friends are in a "fall out shelter" in Hawaii due to the missile threat and hanging with Magic Johnson.'

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'Get a false nuclear holocaust alarm, hang with a legend. Only in 2018,' Haltiwanger tweeted.

Current NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns tweeted: ‘Words cannot describe the relief my family and I feel that the alarm in Hawaii was false.

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‘My girlfriend was born and raised in H awaii and with most of her family there, the panic was real.

‘We should thank god for every day no matter the struggles and tell our family we love them.’

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