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Facility closed, in fear of poison Sarin

Facility closed, in fear of poison Sarin


Facility closed, in fear of poison Sarin

The deadly poison Sarin was possibly discovered Monday at a Facebook mailing facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to local authorities. 

A Facebook facility in Menlo Park was cordoned off by the local fire department and two people, who local media say were exposed to it, were checked out.

Facebook says it evacuated four buildings after the suspected Sarin was discovered, and “are conducting a thorough investigation in coordination with local authorities. As of now, three of the evacuated buildings have been cleared for repopulation. The safety of our employees is our top priority and we will share additional information when it is available.

According to the CDC, sarin is chemical nerve agent, originally developed in 1938 in Germany as a pesticide, one that can evaporate into a vapor (gas) and spread into the environment.

According to, no employees were exposed to the substance.

Quoting the fire district, NBC said Facebook runs all of its mail and packages through a machine that can detect dangerous substances. Facebook learned of the potential for sarin when the machine notified workers of such.

Follow USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham (@jeffersongraham) on Twitter. 

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