It’s actually a good reason to check your phone while driving.

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Clay Leible is a Columbia native who works for the group that owns Missourinet affiliate KSSZ. He says he was on the way to a coffee shop in Hawaii when phones started getting alerts of an incoming missile.

“All of a sudden, I see my sister look down at it and read it. Her jaw just kind of drops,” Leible says. “It says ‘There are some projectile missiles headed towards Hawaii’ and you’re kind of just thinking ‘Oh crap, what do we do?’

“I mean, it told you to seek shelter, but what kind of shelter do you seek from a bomb?”

The missile scare ended up being a false alarm.

Hawaii emergency management officials say a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii on Saturday was a mistake.

The emergency alert sent to cellphones said in all caps, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza says it’s a false alarm.

He says the agency is trying to determine what happened.

The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.