first_img Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on target Hazmat crews responded to Facebook’s Menlo Park mailing facility on Monday, after machines identified a suspicious package that might contain sarin.A colorless, odorless liquid, sarin is an extremely potent nerve agent, generally considered a weapon of mass destruction.Exposure, even at very low concentrations, is lethal: Suffocation from lung muscle paralysis can occur within 10 minutes of direct contact or inhalation.No employees were exposed to the toxic chemical, the Menlo Park Fire District told NBC—contrary to earlier reports that two employees may have been jeopardized.Facebook runs all mail and packages through a machine to detect dangerous substances. On Monday, it notified workers that the parcel in question might contain sarin.“At approximately 11 a.m. PDT on July 1, mail delivered to one of our mail rooms in Menlo Park was deemed suspicious,” a company spokesman said in an email to Geek. “As part of Facebook’s routine mail security screening process, we identified a potentially dangerous substance.“Out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated four nearby buildings and began a thorough investigation in coordination with local authorities,” the statement continued. “Authorities have confirmed test results were negative for any potentially dangerous substance and the buildings have been cleared for repopulation. Our rigorous security and safety procedures worked as intended to limit exposure and keep our people safe.”Originally developed in the late 1930s as a pesticide, sarin can be exposed via skin or eye contact, breathing contaminated air, or eating tainted food. Even a person’s clothing can release sarin after it has come in contact with the noxious vapor.A non-fatal dose that’s not immediately treated may lead to permanent neurological damage. Mildly exposed people, according to the Centers for Disease Control, usually recover “completely.”Production and stockpiling of sarin—classified as a Schedule 1 substance—was outlawed in April 1997.FBI San Francisco also responded to the scene at Facebook HQ.Police in December evacuated the social network’s buildings after receiving an anonymous bomb threat, which turned out to be a false alarm.More on Is Making Cryptocurrency Because We’ve Learned NothingFacebook Makes It Easy to Donate Blood in the USFacebook Introduces Customizable Avatar Stickerslast_img

Toxic Chemical Detected at Facebook HQ Was False Alarm

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