A Facebook mailing facility at Menlo Park , California, reportedly received an item that initially tested positive for a fatal man-made nerve agent, Sarin.
Two people were being evaluated for possible exposure to the nerve agent. Four buildings were evacuated after a package, described as a ‘large general mail bags’ carrying a lot of mails went through the scanner at the mailing facility.
- Sarin was accidentally conceived in 1938 in Germany as an attempt at creating stronger pesticides. Of the four G-series nerve agents made, it’s the most toxic
- Sarin is clear, colorless, tasteless and odorless. Any exposure to this extremely volatile nerve agent can prove to be fatal
- Sarin can be used as a mass destructive chemical weapon with an extremely heavy fallout. Missiles can be used or it can be released on ground. It spreads like an aerosol
- Two people came in contact with the package at 11 a.m. PT (1800 GMT ), they show no signs of exposure. Sarin directly affects the nervous system.
- In 1995, Sarin was used in an attack . The attack known as Subway Sarin Incident
- Fire personnel were preparing to enter the Facebook mailing facility at around 6 p.m to assess the packages
“The (Facebook) facility tests all of the packages that come in and they had a positive test, so they just initiated their standard protocol. Now we’re just waiting to verify whether that’s true or not,” said Jon Johnston, the fire marshall in-charge
Agents from the San Francisco office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation were responding to the scene, a spokesman for the agency said. Sarin, a potent toxic compound that disrupts the nervous system, has been used as a chemical weapon. Exposure can be fatal.