Palo Alto police closed off a portion of Forest Avenue in downtown after a resident brought what appeared to be a pipe bomb to the police station this afternoon, police said.
The Santa Clara County Bomb Squad confirmed it was a bomb and blew it up on the concrete steps of the police station, 275 Forest Ave., at 6:28 p.m., police Lt. Sandra Brown reported.
Agent Max Nielepko, Palo Alto police spokesman, said the person told the police that he found what looked like a pipe bomb in his yard. Nielepko confirmed that the device closely resembled a pipe bomb. The department called in the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad to investigate, he said.
Police closed Forest to traffic at about 4:40 p.m., shortly after the person brought in the object, Nielepko said.
Nielepko said the person drove the device over to the department in a car. He advised residents who find objects that look like explosive devices to back off from them call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. He also said the department encourages people not to drive with such objects in their car.