Apple shares were briefly halted after an erroneous trade.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple(:AAPL) may have given some investors a heart attack today when its shares plummeted about 10%.

Come to find out, it was only an erroneous trade, known as a "flash crash."

Apple fell to as low as $542.80 before a circuit breaker kicked in, and the stock was halted for reason code T7, according to the Nasdaq. The shares were halted at 10:57 a.m., and resumed trading normally at 11:02, down only 0.2% to $598.20.

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--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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