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Rochester newlyweds react to Hawaii missile alert

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Kelli Smith and her husband woke up this morning expecting to celebrate the last day of their honeymoon in Hawaii.

“All the sudden, we hear all this scrambling outside the hallway. I open the door and see this man in his underwear. His wife is there too crying, congregating with people whose phones are going off.”

Smith says they were all alerted that a ballistic missile was headed toward the island.

Panic quickly ensued as they tried to find a safe place to go.

“We went to the parking garage, but it wasn’t really a shelter. There are no shelters here,” Smith said.

Almost 40 minutes after the warning went out, they learned it was a false alarm.

Hawaii’s Governor David Ige is now calling the mistake human error

“It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift, where they go through to make sure the system is working, and an employee pushed the wrong button,” he said.

Meanwhile, Smith said they’re just trying to recover.

“Everybody’s just distraught and shaken up by it. We’re trying to catch our breath.”

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