Thursday, February 09, 2006

Nerve agent alarm a false one

A security sensor in the Russell Senate Office Building issued a detection warning for a nerve agent on Wednesday night prompting a fast evac and quarantine of about 200 people, including 9 Senators. The alarm has been determined to have been a false one:

::::::::At least nine senators were among 200 people herded into a Capitol parking garage Wednesday night after a security sensor indicated the presence of a nerve agent in their office building. Later tests proved negative.

"Test results have been cleared and all test results are negative, so that's very good news," said Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.

The all-clear came three hours after an air-monitoring sensor indicated a suspicious substance in the attic of the Russell Senate Office Building. It initially tested positive as a nerve agent.

Lawmakers, aides and other personnel were evacuated to the West Legislative Garage shortly after 6:45 p.m. EST as police conducted several other tests before concluding that it was a false alarm.

Thank God.