Two customs agents sickened after suspicious package at JFK International Airport tests positive for ‘VX nerve gas’

  • Mail sorting facility and Customs office were quarantined after discovery of suspicious package
  • Initial tests were positive for VX chemical nerve gas – a deadly nerve agent
  • Firefighters say test was likely false positive and substance is not actually chemical weapon
  • Operations at JFK airport were not disrupted

By Michael Zennie

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A Postal Service mail sorting facility at New York’s JFK International Airport has been quarantined today after a suspicious package tested positive for VX nerve gas.

Two Customs agents were sicked Sunday morning after inhaling the strange odor coming from the package, which unconfirmed reports indicate was shipped to the United States from China.

Authorities say it is unlikely that the substance in the package is actually the deadly chemical weapon, but they are taking no chances.

Operations at JFK International airport were not disrupted by the report of a chemical nerve agent being discovered at a mail facility

Operations at JFK International airport were not disrupted by the report of a chemical nerve agent being discovered at a mail facility

The New York Postreports that the Postal Service facility – which is responsible for sorting international mail bound for the eastern U.S. – and a Customs office a quarter mile away were both quarantined.

After the Customs and Border Control agents were overcome, an initial test revealed that the package contained ‘chemical-grade weapons and nerve gas.’

A second test said the chemical was VX nerve gas, a deadly synthetic chemical weapon that can be absorbed through the lungs or the skin. 

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‘Beauty supplies and nothing further': False alarm at JFK airport as suspicious package that tested positive for nerve gas turns out to be nail polish remover

  • Mail sorting facility and Customs office were quarantined after discovery of suspicious package
  • Two workers suffered ‘respiratory arrest’
  • The package, originating from China, likely contained a broken container of everyday nail polish remover
  • Initial tests were positive for VX chemical nerve gas – a deadly nerve agent

By Michael Zennie

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A suspicious package at a JFK airport mail sorting facility caused a brief scare and quarantine Sunday–and all because of a bag of cosmetics.

The FBI says a package was tested after two customs workers reported they felt ill after opening it contained beauty supplies.

The package, which originated from China, was likely full of fumes due to a broken bottle of nail polish remover.

Panic: New York HazMat teams and the FBI rushed to JFK airport Sunday after a package in a mail sorting facility tested positive for deadly nerve gas

Panic: New York HazMat teams and the FBI rushed to JFK airport Sunday after a package in a mail sorting facility tested positive for deadly nerve gas

‘The FBI screened and tested the employees and the package they opened,’ FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald said in a statement. ‘The package in question was determined to be beauty supplies and nothing further. The scene has been cleared by FBI personnel.’

Donald said said agents have cleared the scene.

He said the employees and the package were tested and screened out of ‘an abundance of caution.’

Tests initially came up positive for VX nerve gas, an extremely deadly chemical warfare agent.

Cosmetics: An FBI official later called the incident a false alarm and that the package contained only everyday cosmetics. Reports say the culprit was likely a broken container of nail polish remover

Cosmetics: An FBI official later called the incident a false alarm and that the package contained only everyday cosmetics. Reports say the culprit was likely a broken container of nail polish remover

No hiccups: Operations at JFK International airport were not disrupted as authorities swarmed two facilities after the positive test for VX nerve gas

No hiccups: Operations at JFK International airport were not disrupted as authorities swarmed two facilities after the positive test for VX nerve gas

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