Wedding disrupted by false alert
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.”