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Chemical scare at JFK Airport

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:30 am

A chemical which sickened two Customs and Border Protection officers at the postal facility at JFK Airport on Sunday turned out to be nothing more dangerous than acetone nail-polish remover, according to law enforcement officials.

The two officers fell ill and experienced nausea after opening a package containing an odd odor.

A hazardous response team from the FBI responded to the airport “out of an abundance of caution,” said J. Peter Donald, a spokesman for the FBI in New York.

“The package in question was determined to be beauty supplies and nothing further,” he said.

The substance was originally feared to be a chemical called VX, which is a dangerous organophosphorus nerve agent, according to officials

According to published reports, Port Authority officials said the package was part of a shipment from China.

The busy postal facility handles packages and envelopes from all over the world.

— Stephen Geffon

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