March 28, 2020 | 7:59 PM IST
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FB evacuates four buildings, then clears three for people after possible exposure to nerve agent

Facebook Inc evacuated four buildings and two people are being evaluated for possible exposure to deadly component they came in contact detected at its mailing facility in California on Monday.  However, three buildings were cleared for people to come back on Tuesday.

Fire marshal for the city of Menlo Park, California Jon Johnston said that all packages that come in are tested by Facebook and a package on Monday tested positive. So they initiated their standard protocol. The company is now being verified whether it is true or not. Reports say that a machine at the company’s mailing facility alerted employees that the package could contain sarin- a toxic compound.
He further added, “Fortunately, till now people who came in contact with the suspicious package at about 11 am PT (18:00 GMT) did not show any symptoms of exposure to nerve agent sarin.” 

Company’s spokesperson Anthony Harrison confirmed that four buildings were evacuated following the positive tests and the authorities have not yet identified the substance found. The investigation is being held by FBI.
What is Sarin?

Classified as a Schedule 1 substance and nerve agent, Sarin was originally developed in 1938 in Germany as a pesticide. The colourless, odourless liquid is often used as a mass destruction weapon. It has been defined as ‘human-made chemical warfare agent’ and is considered even more lethal than cyanide. Even a drop of the toxic component on the skin can cause sweating and muscle twitching. 

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