Most chemical terrorism agents are liquids that can be put into the air and then absorbed through the skin or breathed into the lungs. The chemicals may cause:
If you breathe in a chemical vapor, it may start affecting you within seconds to minutes. Chemicals that are absorbed through the skin have an effect in minutes to hours.
Chemical agents come in several forms. Examples are:
If you or someone you know might have been exposed to a chemical agent, get medical care right away. Go to the nearest emergency room.