Saturday’s errant ballistic-missile alert to cellphones, televisions and radio stations in Hawaii has officials in Washington planning to find out what went wrong.
Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans for a probe via Twitter.
“The @FCC is launching a full investigation into the false emergency alert that was sent to residents of Hawaii,” Pai tweeted later Saturday.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, praised Pai’s decision to address an error that sent many Hawaii residents into a panic for about 40 minutes.
“This system failed miserably and we need to start over,” Schatz tweeted.
Local officials and the U.S. Pacific Command quickly recognized that the alert was a false alarm, but the system took about 40 minutes to send a corrective message to Hawaii residents, the Washington Examiner reported.