Toxic Nerve Agent Sent To Facebook Office
Firefighters with hazardous materials training are setting up at Facebook’s shipping and receiving building in Menlo Park, California after crews operating a security machine detected the possible presence of sarin gas.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said around noon on Monday that the hazmat protocol had been activated, and a team was setting up at one of Facebook’s facilities on Hamilton Avenue.
Media reports have indicated that possible exposures have occurred, but Schapelhouman stressed that no injuries had been reported as of noontime.
There were two positive tests and one negative test, so emergency crews are taking all necessary safety precautions.
Sarin gas is a clear, colourless nerve agent with no taste or odour that can occur in liquid or vapour form, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.