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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Alaska resident Cara Wallace was researching and comparing wine at a Maui grocery store on the morning of her wedding when whispers turned to cries.

Wallace said a sense of paranoia spread through the store that morning, Jan. 13 — moments after nearly everyone in Hawaii received warning of an inbound missile.

“As we started to walk around the grocery store, it was just like you could start to sense like the anxiety, or like paranoia or concern that other shoppers were having,” Wallace said. “You could hear these whispers around the whole store . ‘Should we buy a case of water now? What do we need? What are we supposed to do? Where do we seek shelter?'”

Wallace and her fiance, Charles Peele, did not receive the warning text. But their guests did — and it quickly became clear what was happening.

Wallace and Peele left the store and went back to their rental property, where family gathered and some prayed, the Ketchikan Daily News reported on Saturday.

Lee Wallace, father of the bride to be, said the scene around the gated vacation resort became a bit chaotic.

“The guests we had from Arizona … they had some children back home in Flagstaff and so they were making calls to their children, and you could see them crying — in tears — because it was very uncertain of what was actually going to happen,” Lee Wallace said.

Thirty-eight minutes after the missile alert, a false alarm text came in.

The wedding went on as planned, but clearly didn’t go as planned.

“We were happy,” Cara Wallace said. “I moved on and started getting ready for the wedding. And you know, that was kinda it for the day.”


Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News,