The text urging people to 'take shelter before 1.24pm' was sent out at 12.26pm on Monday to cell phone users in the New Jersey counties of Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris and Ocean.
It led to scores of worried residents calling their local police departments, NJ.com reports.
Many people were panic stricken and in a state of shock and confusion.
About two hours after the mass text was sent out, Verizon issued an apology, saying that it was a 'test emergency notification' that failed to say it was a test. Read More