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Blister Agent

Blister AgentBlister agents, sometimes called vesicants, are chemicals which burn and blister any part of the body they contact. They are man-made chemical warfare agents and are not found naturally in the environment. Common blister agents are mustard (HD), nitrogen mustard (HN), lewisite (L), and phosgene oxime (CX). Some blister agents are odorless, while others may give off odors that smell similar to garlic, onions, or geranium flowers.

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Chlorine

ChlorineChlorine is one of the most common elements in nature. At room temperature, chlorine is a poisonous yellow-green gas with strong bleach-like odor. The gas can be pressurized and cooled to change into a liquid so that it can be shipped and stored. When liquid chlorine is released, it quickly turns into a gas that stays close to the ground and spreads rapidly. It can be dangerous if humans come into contact with it, as it can irritate and damage tissues. It can even cause death.

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Nerve Agent

Nerve AgentNerve agents are deadly, man-made chemical warfare agents. Sarin, soman, tabun, and VX are examples of nerve agents. They are liquids that can give off vapors that stay low to the ground or below ground (i.e. basements, subway tunnels). The United States government strictly regulates the making, selling and possession of any nerve agent.

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Toxic Industrial Chemicals

Toxic Industrial ChemicalsToxic industrial chemicals (TICs) are created and used by commercial or medical industries that can seriously harm human health if released into the environment. TICs can be in the form of solid, liquid or gas. TICs can be chemical hazards (cancer agents, reproductive hazards or agents that affect the lungs or blood) or physical hazards (flammable, explosive or reactive). Acids, pesticides and solvents are examples of TICs.

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