Two Facebook Employees Tested After Shut Down For Hazmat Threat

03 Jul, 2019 Liz Carey


Menlo Park, CA ( –Facebook employees were tested for possible exposure to lethal substances after a package in the company’s mailroom appeared to be contaminated. 

FBI agents and officials with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District responded to the social media company’s complex Monday following reports that two employees had possibly been exposed to the nerve agent after handling a package that machines said tested positive for sarin gas.

Facebook’s four-building complex was shut down and employees evacuated as the facility was tested. Menlo Park Fire officials posted photos of the incident on their web site.

"The safety of our employees is our top priority and we will share additional information when it is available," said Facebook spokesperson Anthony Harrison, according to Time Magazine.

Authorities conducted two sweeps of the facility, removing at least one package after the second sweep and taking it offsite via a mobile containment device, the fire district said, according to NBC Bay Area.

Tuesday morning the FBI released a statement saying of the package that agents had “thoroughly tested the items in question and determined them to be non-hazardous.”

Sarin, a chemical warfare substance, is a clear, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can kill in seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1995, the gas was used in a terror attack on the subways of Tokyo, killing 13.

Officials said no one was hurt or exposed to sarin during the incident this week.


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