Bag Identified as Containing Sarin Nerve Agent Sent to Facebook

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(Illustrative photo. Background: Justin Tallis/Getty Images. Inset: Hazmat suit drill/Flickr 108th Wing)
(Illustrative photo. Background: Justin Tallis/Getty Images. Inset: Hazmat suit drill/Flickr 108th Wing)

A bag possibly containing sarin, a chemical nerve agent, was found during a routine check of mail at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Although the bag tested positive for sarin, no one who works at the warehouse where the mail was tested is showing any signs of sarin poisoning.

The package was examined after it was identified as suspicious. Three buildings were subsequently evacuated and the FBI and National Guard were called in to help with the investigation.

Sarin exposure is deadly even in the most miniscule amounts if not treated early with antibiotics, fresh air and soap (on any affected skin).

In 2018, an estimated 40-150 people died in a sarin attack in Syria. Hundreds were injured in the same attack.

Sarin is odorless, colorless and tasteless, which means that people can be easily exposed without their knowledge.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Even a small drop of sarin on the skin can cause sweating and muscle twitching where sarin touched the skin.
  • Exposure to large doses of sarin by any route may result in the following harmful health effects:
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Convulsions
    • Paralysis
    • Respiratory failure possibly leading to death


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