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Hawaii ballistic missile false alarm results in panic

Trask’s home, like many on the islands, is constructed with single-ply walls and has no basement. When the alert came, Trask said, she piled her mother, 15-year-old son, two-year-old daughter and partner into the car, swung by her other son’s workplace to pick him up, and then sped to her office at the botanical gardens: a building with concrete walls that is used as a hurricane shelter.

“It was definitely kind of a panic zone,” she said. “Everyone knows you have about 15 minutes until detonation, and no one knows where it will land.”

Family members on the other side of the island were too far away to get to the gardens within that short timespan.

“They called us and they were crying because they realized they wouldn’t have made it to us,” Trask said.

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