Editor's note: David Shortell is a crime and justice producer for CNN based in Washington.
Fear turned into anger Saturday as lawmakers sought to figure out how a false alert about a ballistic missile threat was sent out - and why it took so long to correct it.
It was a handsome morning, like most, on the island of Oahu: 79 degrees with a big, bright sun.
At first, Pristelski thought the alert had been sent in error, which Hawaii officials later confirmed is indeed what happened.
While the message caused concern on social media, the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management quickly responded on Twitter, saying, "NO missile threat to Hawaii". I didn't understand that.
She also called her mom to tell her, "I love you". He had. Others nearby started running.
"I'm in Honolulu, Hawaii and my family is on the North Shore". Another cousin was missing. Hines was "blessed", she said, that her neighbors were locals and knew exactly what to do. I ran for the dock. For instance, if a phone was not on at 8:07 a.m., if someone was out of range and has since came into cell coverage (Hikers, Mariners, etc.) and/or people getting off a plane.
The people in the cars were also receiving the alarming message.
There was quiet and confusion.
Michael Kucharek, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said NORAD and the US Northern Command are still trying to verify what happened in Hawaii.
POTUS is an abbreviation for President of the United States, emphasising the plea from Gooch to US President Donald Trump amid tense US-North Korean relations.
One of the marina employees called us into a nearby hangar where the boats were stored. Residents are instead instructed to go inside and remain sheltered for up to 14 days or until they are told it's safe to leave. "Close to potential panic". "It scared a whole lot of people in Hawaii".
My breathing was ragged.
"Our leaders have failed us", Rep Tulsi Gabbard told CNN. My assignment desk is checking with the Pentagon, I said.
"On a going forward basis, we do intend to continue the monthly siren tests and other tests as we have done in the past". Minutes had gone by. We are doing everything we possibly can to prevent this from happening again. We waited in shock. My workers left me. "At one moment, I went out to hug him and basically say our goodbyes". "Birdies didn't seem too important for a few minutes".
Approx. 8:05 a.m. - A routine internal test during a shift change was initiated.
While the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted less than 5 minutes later that the alert was a false alarm, no push alert was sent out to residents for roughly 40 minutes.
Officials in Hawaii blame the mess on human error. The air in the room changed. When countless people face the same morbid situation in an instant, there's a collective sense of shock and even support.
"We're hoping we can beat everyone else back to the beach". It was still bright outside.
"Is this what the world is coming to that we have to have shelters?" she asked.
Standard operating procedure requires workers clocking on to test the alert system to make sure it is full operational, but this time the message, which should not have been heard or seen beyond the agency's headquarters control room, went public.