Sarin was discovered in 1938 in Wuppertal-Elberfeld in Germany by scientists at IG Farben who were attempting to create stronger pesticides; it is the most toxic of the four G-Series nerve agents made by Germany. Like all other nerve agents, Sarin attacks the nervous system by interfering with the degradation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at neuromuscular junctions. Death will usually occur as a result of asphyxia due to the inability to control the muscles involved in breathing function.
– WikipediaSarin is a nerve agent so potent that it’s considered a chemical weapon. It has no scent to it which is why the rabbit is needed to tell if there was a leak. Sarin is extremely volatile and can easily become a gas. When someone inhales a small amount, they need to be treated immediately because in as soon as 30 minutes of contact, the body releases Sarin out through the skin and can infect others. If a lethal dose is inhaled however, the victim can die as soon as 1-10 minutes after first inhalation.
While some may think this was cruel, the occurrence wasn’t an everyday thing. Animals have always and in some places still get used today a a warning sign to get the hell outta dodge. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the canary birds in the mines…
For those that don’t know,The Rocky Mountain Arsenal was a United States chemical weapons manufacturing center located in the Denver Metropolitan Area in Commerce City, Colorado. The site was completed December 1942, operated by the United States Army throughout the later 20th century and was controversial among local residents until its closure in 1992.