Four Facebook buildings were evacuated because of a parcel received allegedly with sarin. No casualties were reported as a result of the incident.
In the United States were evacuated four buildings, which are located offices of the social network Facebook. In addition, two people were hospitalized for prevention due to possible contact with the nerve substance — sarin. This happened after one of the parcels in the post office of the company in Silicon Valley gave a positive result on the toxic compound. At the same time, the representative of the Fire Department of the city of Menlo Park, where Facebook is based, said that people who came into contact with a suspicious parcel have not yet shown any symptoms of sarin exposure.
According to the Fire Department, Facebook “checks all incoming parcels.” Employees of the postal service saw a positive test result and “initiated their standard Protocol,” the functionary added. “The authorities have not yet identified the substance found. At the moment, three of the evacuated buildings have been cleaned, employees can return there,” said Anthony Harrison, a Facebook representative. FBI agents are handling the case.
Sarin is a potentially toxic compound that destroys the nervous system, is used as a chemical weapon. Exposure to sarin can be fatal; however, according to experts from the Centers for control and prevention of diseases of the United States, people who are subjected to moderate exposure to sarin usually recover completely.