BREAKING NEWS ON TRADING ROOM WIRES: Nerve gas found at UN Bldg [UPDATED]
“Evacuations in progress. Still unconfirmed by any major media sources.” (h/t Old Texas Turkey, in the comments here).
More as it develops (or fizzles).
update: From ABC’s Brian Ross, writing for The Blotter:
United Nations weapons inspectors discovered six to eight vials of a dangerous nerve gas, phosgene, as they were cleaning out offices at a U.N. building in New York this morning, federal authorities tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
The federal authorities said the office, in a U.N. building near headquarters, was being evacuated and the White House had been notified at 10 a.m.
New York police and fire officials reported to the scene around 12:15 this afternoon.
A U.N. spokesperson said a statement would be issued shortly.
Authorities said the phosgene was believed to have been discovered in Iraq and manufactured prior to 1991.
Former U.N. weapons inspectors told ABCNews.com that vials of phosgene had also been used by inspectors in Iraq to help calibrate air sampling instruments.
That’s a possibility, sure. Or maybe the vials just got mixed in with one of the big ass boxes of kickback loot Saddam was spreading around.
Accidents happen, you know.