FCC: Person who sent false Hawaii missile alert refusing to cooperate

An FCC official said on the hill that they hope the person changes their mind.

"We hope that person will reconsider," said Fowlkes.

“We share FCC Public Safety Bureau Chief Lisa Fowlkes’s disappointment," Hawaii Emergency Management said in a statement. "The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has encouraged its employees to cooperate in all ongoing investigations. While cooperation is in the end a matter of choice for each individual, we hope that anyone who is not cooperating will reconsider and assist in bringing these matters to a satisfactory conclusion.”

The erroneous alert sent to the cell phones of Hawaiians resulted in panic across the state, including people abandoning their vehicles on the highway. A video of a man putting his child in a manhole went viral.

About 10 minutes after the initial alert, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted there was no threat.

The Hawaiian agency didn't send a retraction over the original platform - people's cell phones - until 38 minutes after the initial alert.

The mistake has sparked questions across the country over the effectiveness of future alerts and the process by which alerts are sent out.