HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials said it will pursue legal action against those making death threats against its workers.
"The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has received threats of physical harm, directed at its employees. While we take any threat to our workers seriously, we have also sought to avoid escalating the situation. We are in the process of collecting and cataloguing the threats, and will present them to the Honolulu Police Department shortly for formal action."
Employees have been the target of physical threats following a false alarm Saturday about a ballistic missile headed towards Hawaii.
Agency leaders acknowledged the mistake caused trauma and panic for many and accepted responsibility.
One Hawaii Kai man said the panic caused him to have a heart attack after he said goodbye to his kids over the phone.
State leaders understand the frustration behind the death threats, but condemned such actions.
"I will not stand for scapegoating of our emergency management personnel when a number of unfortunate errors caused this event. Death threats are completely unacceptable and not how we do things here," Gov. Ige said.
This story will be updated.