In a recent interview conducted by Metallica fan club So What!, guitarist Kirk Hammett remembered an event from earlier this year when he was in his home in Hawaii and the Emergency Management Agency sent a missile warning. He said (via Blabbermouth):
“My phone went off, you know, [like] one of those Amber [Alerts]? It was very similar to that; it just kind of did this little ‘alarm’ thing. I was doing yoga. I was on my back, upside down or something, and my son said, ‘Hey, Dad, your phone just made one of those funny sounds, like there’s a tsunami coming or something.’ And I’m, like, ‘Huh?’
“I walked over to my phone, and picked it up and it said, ‘Missile Alert. Incoming missiles imminent. This is not a test.’ And I’m reading this going, ‘What?’ And where I live, I can see the airport out my living room…
“And I can see Pearl Harbor! And there’s no action there — no action whatsoever. In fact, it was so quiet everywhere. And I know for a fact that there’s an early detection system that sits at Pearl Harbor. It’s this huge thing that looks like a golf ball, it’s like four stories high, and it’s the early detection system for all the Americans in the entire Pacific. Nothing was happening. There was no jet scrambling, no boats leaving Pearl Harbor. There were no sirens or anything, you know, no air raid sirens.
“So I thought, ‘This has got to be a mistake.’ And I just continued doing my yoga. Fifteen minutes later, I went online and it said, ‘Yeah, mistake,’ and I was, like, ‘It’s okay, boys.'”
The incident happened on January 13 this year. The warning read:
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”