Utah base open after missing nerve agent vial located, officials say

Posted: January 30, 2011 in Politics
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From the article:

A Utah military facility that tests chemical and biological weapons was opened Thursday after a nearly 12-hour lockdown that officials said was prompted by a missing vial of “nerve agent.”

“On January 26, during a routine inventory of sensitive material in the chemical laboratory, Dugway officials discovered a discrepancy between the records and the agent on hand,” said a statement issued by the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground. “As a precaution, the commander immediately locked down the installation and began efforts to identify the cause of the discrepancy.”

The facility was put on lockdown about 7:25 p.m. ET on Wednesday, spokeswoman Paula Thomas said. Authorities said only that the move was “to resolve a serious concern within the Test Area.”

The discrepancy was found to be less than a milliliter, or less than one-fourth of a teaspoon, of VX “nerve agent,” the statement said.

A vial containing 1 ml was located about 3 a.m. Thursday (5 a.m. ET), the statement said. As of about 6:15 a.m., authorities said personnel had been allowed inside and would be allowed to go home shortly.

I wonder how long the vial was missing and if it would be possible for someone to smuggle it off base, don’t think that terrorist won’t use VX if they got their hand on it.

Just saying I think they should tighten security because I’m not the only one reading the news.

Original site.

WOG out.


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