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In Utah, Intrusion Shuts Down Nerve Agent Depot

Aired September 5, 2002 - 13:51   ET

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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking news now out of Tooele, Utah. This just in to CNN. A bit of a scary story, that is. And that is a possible intruder at a chemical depot. Officials at the Deseret Chemical Depot, which stores and destroys nerve agents, sounded its terrorist alert warning this morning after a possible intrusion.
What we know is the alarm sounded about at 9:24 a.m. and operations have stopped. Employees are on standby.

The depot is 12 miles south or Tooele and 45 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

"The Associated Press" goes on to report that this depot stores chemical and nerve agents such as mustard gas. The depot has been destroying its stockpile of deadly and chemical weapons since 1996. Earlier this year, the depot finished destroying the largest stockpile of Sarin nerve gas in the U.S.

Right now, we're told that we can't get comment from the spokeswoman there at the chemical depot.

But once again, a possible intruder at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Tooele, Utah, an area that stores chemical and nerve agents such as mustard gas and has been working to destroy the stockpile of deadly chemical weapons since 1996.

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