Facebook mailing facility in Menlo Park evacuates due to possible sarin gas exposure

Evacuations were ordered at a Facebook mailing facility near the main headquarters in Menlo Park Monday, according to reports.

A hazmat crew is on the scene investigating whether a suspicious package contains sarin, according to KCBS Radio.

The evacuation first occurred at 11 a.m.

The Menlo Park Fire District says there are no reports of injury at this time.

A spokesperson from Facebook told KCBS Radio four buildings in the Willow Village development were evacuated; the number of people impacted is unknown.

At 1:30 p.m. KCBS reported three of the four buildings reopened.

Sarin “is a human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Nerve agents are the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents.”

SFGATE reached out to Facebook and the Menlo Park Fire District and will update the story as more details become available.

This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. to include the latest details on the story. 

Amy Graff is a news producer at SFGATE. Reach her by email at agraff@sfgate.com.

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