March 1, 2024
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Facebook’s Menlo Park campus in Silicon Valley has reportedly been given the all clear after fears of a sarin exposure yesterday led to the evacuation of several buildings. A spokesperson for the company confirmed the news which was first reported by Reuters and later confirmed by The Verge.

Facebook’s spokesperson said the scare started after mail delivered to one of the company’s mail rooms was deemed suspicious.

According to a report from Business Insider, the social media company uses automatic detectors to spot dangerous chemicals and substances, and these flagged a mailbag as containing traces of the nerve agent sarin.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated four nearby buildings and began a thorough investigation in coordination with local authorities,” said Facebook’s spokesperson.

“Authorities have confirmed test results were negative for any potentially dangerous substance and the buildings have been cleared for repopulation. Our rigorous security and safety procedures worked as intended to limit exposure and keep our people safe.”

Menlo Park’s city fire marshal Jon Johnston told Reuters that exhaustive tests of the site had found no traces of toxic material. There is no sarin, said Johnston to the news agency.

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