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Package Sets Off Sarin Alarm at Facebook

Scare triggers evacuations
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2019 4:14 PM CDT
Several buildings on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California, were evacuated Monday.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – An alarm went off as a machine screened packages at Facebook on Monday, alerting employees of the possible presence of sarin. Four buildings on the Menlo Park, California, campus were evacuated, CNBC reports; three were soon reopened. No employees were exposed to the poison, firefighters said, and a fire official told Business Insider that the alert could have been a false positive. Sarin is a man-made nerve agent used in chemical warfare. An investigation involving the FBI has begun, the AP reports. (Read more sarin stories.)

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