Sarin gas, a lethal nerve agent
Sarin gas, also known as GB, is believed to have been used by the government during the Syrian civil war, but is yet unconfirmed. This photo shows an M190 Honest John chemical warhead section containing demonstration M134 GB Sarin cluster bomblets circa 1943.
Like other nerve agents, man-made sarin attacks the nervous system, interrupting the nerves in muscles. Death will usually occur following convulsions and paralysis as a result of asphyxia due to the inability of the muscles involved in breathing to function.
Just slightly heavier than air, sarin gas is especially deadly in urban areas, settling into human occupied areas close to the ground. Easy to make, the weaponized gas can waft into even well fortified bunkers and penetrate buildings.
September 1, 2013 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: U.S. Army
| Caption by: James Martin
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