No toxic material found at Facebook campus after sarin scare
03 Jul 2019
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Exhaustive testing by fire and hazardous material teams found no toxic material at Facebook Inc's Silicon Valley campus after fears that a package at its mail facility contained the nerve agent sarin.
The campus was given all clear by the authorities.
The social media company had to evacuate four buildings and two people were checked for possible exposure to the compound that attacks the nervous system and can be fatal, said Jon Johnston, fire marshal for the city of Menlo Park in California where Facebook is based.
"There is no sarin," Johnston said, referring to the package that had erroneously tested positive on Monday morning.
Facebook routinely checks all packages and had initiated a standard safety protocol, Johnston added, saying teams worked into the early hours of Tuesday to clear the scene.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents also went to the scene, Facebook said. A Facebook spokesman confirmed the all-clear on Tuesday.
"Authorities have confirmed test results were negative for any potentially dangerous substance and the buildings have been cleared for repopulation," said Anthony Harrison, Facebook's director of corporate media relations.
With 2.3 billion monthly active users worldwide and more than $55 billion in revenue in 2018, Facebook faces criticism for its control of personal information and has been subject to cyber attacks.