Wednesday, 13 November, 2019

Facebook site evacuated after mail tests positive for sarin

Firefighters check a Facebook mailing facility in California for the possible presence of sarin Firefighters check a Facebook mailing facility in California for the possible presence of sarin
Patty Aguilar | 02 July, 2019, 15:25

To the horror of thousands of Facebook employees at it Menlo Park, California headquarters, emergency teams evacuated some buildings after a packet with possible sarin (a potentially deadly nerve agent) was detected in the social networking giant's mailing facility.

Two buildings were evacuated, the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper reported.

Mail and packages are run through a screening machine that detects potentially unsafe materials at the facility.

Menlo Park fire marshal Jon Johnston confirmed that authorities had been monitoring the condition of two individuals they feared could have been exposed, though ultimately showed no symptoms.

He said it could be a false positive and other testing is necessary to confirm the result.

"We evacuated four buildings and are conducting a thorough investigation in coordination with local authorities", Harrison said in a statement.

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"Right now we don't have anybody that has any symptoms", he told the AP.

The Menlo Park Fire District, FBI and Facebook didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

"Sarin is a clear, colorless, and tasteless liquid that has no odor in its pure form".

"The facility tests all of the packages that come in and they had a positive test, so they just initiated their standard protocol", he said. Sarin can kill people, especially if their exposure isn't treated early with antidotes (medications like atropine and pralidoxime chloride), fresh air, and soap for exposed skin. Exposure to large amounts of sarin can lead to respiratory failure possibly leading to death.

More recently, Syria's government has been accused of using sarin against insurgents during their civil war.

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