Friday, 20 September, 2019

No Sarin in Package Received at Facebook Headquarters

Sarin gas reportedly found at Facebook facility in California Sarin gas reportedly found at Facebook facility in California
Patty Aguilar | 04 July, 2019, 00:29

A package suspected of containing the hazardous material GB Sarin was removed from a Facebook mail and delivery building on Hamilton Court in Menlo Park early this morning.

The alert was triggered by a machine in Facebook's postal facility that scans all mail and packages for unsafe substances, the Menlo Park Fire District said.

Two people may have been exposed to the deadly Sarin nerve agent at a Facebook postal facility.

The company reopened three of the buildings after emergency officials deemed them safe.

A fire department source reportedly told Business Insider that sarin was detected in a mail bag during a routine test, however detection may be a false positive. Harrison said that the authorities have not identified the substance found.

Fire authorities said no employees have been exposed to the substance.

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Sarin, a toxic compound that disrupts the nervous system, has been used as a chemical weapon.

It can evaporate into the environment, prompting symptoms within seconds.

The incident highlights the risk of attacks on Facebook and other high-profile tech companies.

In December, a bomb threat at its main campus in Menlo Park forced the evacuation of several buildings.

Officials would not say exactly how many people were being monitored, it is reported, though news reports suggested two people. Authorities, including the Menlo Park Fire District, the National Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sent teams to investigate what was in the package.

Facebook did not immediately respond to Deadline's request for comment. Exposure can cause loss of consciousness, convulsions, paralysis, respiratory failure, and death, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

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