Wed­ding dis­rupted by false alert

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Alaska res­i­dent Cara Wal­lace was re­search­ing and com­par­ing wine at a Maui gro­cery store the morn­ing of her wed­ding when whis­pers turned to cries.

Wal­lace said a sense of para­noia spread through the store that morn­ing, Jan. 13 — mo­ments af­ter nearly ev­ery­one in Hawaii re­ceived warn­ing of an in­bound mis­sile.

“As we started to walk around the gro­cery store, it was just like you could start to sense, like, the anx­i­ety, or, like, para­noia or con­cern that other shop­pers were hav­ing,” Wal­lace said.

Wal­lace and her fi­ance, Charles Peele, did not re­ceive the warn­ing text. But their guests did — and it quickly be­came clear what was hap­pen­ing.

Wal­lace and Peele left the store and went back to their rental prop­erty, where fam­ily gath­ered and some prayed.

Thirty-eight min­utes af­ter the alert, the false alarm text came in. The wed­ding went on as planned, but clearly didn’t go as planned.

“We were happy,” Wal­lace said. “I moved on and started get­ting ready for the wed­ding. And you know, that was kinda it for the day.”

MARS

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