Monday, August 12, 2013

JFK Airport facility evacuated after nail polish remover mistaken for nerve gas

The postal facility at John F. Kennedy airport in New York was sealed off and evacuated yesterday after a chemical sickened two workers who were inspecting packages.

Authorities were on high alert after initial tests indicated the presence of the nerve agent VX which kills through inhalation or skin contact and is used as a chemical weapon. However further tests showed the substance was actually nail police remover.

“The package in question was determined to be beauty supplies and nothing further,” spokesman J. Peter Donald said. “The scene has been cleared by FBI personnel.”

The chemical makeup of the nail-polish remover is apparently close enough to the compounds in VX to trigger the false positive results.

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