2 workers at JFK facility become sick from suspicious package

2 workers at JFK facility become sick from suspicious package

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The FBI now says that it was beauty supplies that set off the alarm for nerve gas and caused concern at a postal facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

First, this incident did not take place at any of the passenger terminals, there was no disruption to flights and that the general public was never in any danger.

It happened just before 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the U.S. Postal Service Facility in the warehouse section of JFK Airport. Law enforcement sources tell Fox 5 that two customs agents became ill from a strong smell coming from an international package.

Sources say it set off an alarm for lethal VX gas, also called nerve gas. But they caution that other commonly used non-lethal substances with similar chemical signature can and do trigger the alarm.

The Port Authority Police quarantined the building and the FBI sent in hazardous materials experts. Sources say the two custom agents experienced respiratory problems and were taken to Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream, Long Island for treatment.

Fox 5 reached out to the hospital to find out the condition of the customs agents but the hospital did not return the call.

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