A man filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming the state of Hawaii and the former head of its Emergency Management Agency contributed to his heart attack when they mistakenly sent out an emergency alert warning of an incoming missile and failed to cancel it promptly.
An employee sent out an alert on Jan. 13 falsely notifying Hawaii residents of an incoming ballistic missile during what was supposed to be a drill, prompting widespread panic. The state did not correct the message for nearly 40 minutes.
James Sean Shields and his girlfriend are seeking unspecified damages after the scare gave Shields a heart attack.
“Both plaintiffs believe this message to be true and were extremely frightened and thought they were shortly going to die,” the lawsuit states.
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