Viewers of Saturday night's Premier League game between Tottenham and Everton were terrified by a message which appeared on their screens at half-time of the game.

A false emergency alarm alerted the people of Hawaii that a ballistic missile was bound for the islands.

As players began to walk off the field, the screen faded blue under a piercing siren followed by an automated voice which directed people to take shelter.

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"Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill," read the message, in all caps.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reassured that the alarm was false and that officials had accidentally sent the message out by text.

A text confirmed the error 38 minutes after the original one was sent.