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Hawaii was panicked by a false missile alert. Could that happen in Maryland?

Hawaii was panicked by a false missile alert. Could that happen in Maryland?

On Saturday, Jan. 13, Hawaii suffered a false alarm that rocked Russell J. Strickland’s world. A warning went out statewide that a nonexistent nuclear missile strike was imminent. Roughly 38 minutes later, residents of the 50th state were alerted that it was all a mistake. Officials soon after revealed the accidental cause: During a shift change at Hawaii’s emergency management agency, someone had been doing a test of the alert button and had made a mistake. The individual was subsequently reassigned to other duties. The governor and others apologized profusely.

Such an incident would have seemed laughable just a few years ago. But with North Korea’s...

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