Nerve Gas Scare at JFK Caused by Beauty Supplies: FBI

By Jess Wisloski on August 11, 2013 3:39pm | Updated on August 11, 2013 6:24pm

 A material that may have possibly been meant for a weapon of mass destruction was found at JFK airport on August 11, 2013.
A material that may have possibly been meant for a weapon of mass destruction was found at JFK airport on August 11, 2013.
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QUEENS — A mysterious agent that was discovered by workers in a postal facility at JFK Airport and caused a scare about weapons of mass destruction on Sunday wound up being a beauty product, the FBI said.

The material — which was originally reported by the New York Post to be a nerve agent called VX — caused two customs agents to be overcome with respiratory distress, the paper reported.

"The FBI screened and tested the employees and the package they opened," said an FBI spokesman in a statement. 

The FDNY confirmed that two patients were taken from the airport at 2:02 p.m. and rushed to Franklin General Hospital with unspecified minor injuries.

The facility were the package was found was a shipping terminal, which processes overseas mail, and is located at a distance from the main airline terminals, an official said. No airport delays were reported.

"The package in question was determined to be beauty supplies and nothing further," said the FBI. "The scene has been cleared by FBI personnel."

 

 

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