Pearl Harbor visitors were watching video on Dec. 7 attack when false alarm dinged on their phones

Students run for cover after receiving missile alert mistake
Updated: Jan. 13, 2018 at 1:32 PM HST
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PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a little too close to home when dozens of visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial gathered in the site's theater to watch an introductory video documenting the terrifying moments when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941.

That's when the alert of a missile threat in Hawaii sounded on their phones, sending waves of fear, confusion and panic through the room – eerily similar to that moment the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 76 years ago.

Viewer Dave Patterson, whose daughter was in the theater at the time, shot cell phone video of the moments when the alert went off.

It pans across the theater, showing the Pearl Harbor video playing on the screen, followed by audience members looking down at their phones and some talking to their neighbors with looks of confusion.

It took more than 30 minutes until emergency officials confirmed the message was sent in error -- the result of someone pushing the wrong button.

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