Phosphoric Acid Scare at JFK Airport’s Post Office on August 11

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 11, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Two workers at New York City’s JFK Airport were exposed to phosphoric acid from a package that originated from China.

The package was identified after workers smelled an odor coming from it, a law enforcement official told CNN

The product was identified as organophosphate and secured by police officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Port Authority confirmed to Epoch Times that there was a suspicious package, and they were following protocol to investigate its contents.

The two workers declined medical attention. 

Phosphoric acid is a colorless and odorless liquid that can irritate the eyes, skin and respiratory system and burn the eyes and skins, according to the CDC. 

The FBI told the Associated Press earlier in the afternoon that it was testing the substance.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.