Pipe bomb given to Palo Alto police destroyed

Bomb squad confirms it's a bomb and blows it up on police-station's concrete steps

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.

Gennady Sheyner


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Posted by Joel
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm

The Palo Alto police encourage people not to drive with pipe bombs in their cars. Does that mean it's OK to hand carry them?

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Feb 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm

hahaha you make funny

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm

No you don't hand carry them, you ship it FEDEX/UPS, they will definately break it ! Save PA & SCC Police/ Fire/ Bomb teams
time & money

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Posted by chenko
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Darn.. I got off of work at 5 pm and was parked in the City Hall garage.. I wish I had stayed so I could see them detonate the bomb!!!!!

Poor squirrelies... =(

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Posted by Lacking
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2010 at 8:01 am

Another fine piece of reporting by PAO, lacking in details about the man and the neighborhood his house is in. Is police advising everyone in PA to lookout for pipe bomb?

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Posted by Observer
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2010 at 8:16 am

I agree! I don't especially care how it got to the police. Where it came from and why is what concerns me. Should we be inspecting our yards? What did it look like? Did this individual have reason to expect such a thing in his yard? Is is raining pipe bombs? Help us out here!

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Posted by larryrock
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 26, 2010 at 10:31 am

Really! Can we get some details here? Last time I checked, pipebombs were only rarely seen in people's yards - about as often as pygmy goats being attacked by mountain lions. Oh wait... How about why, where, when, who, etc? Journalism 101. Jeez.

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Posted by Any Intelligent Life In Palo Alto?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

Wouldn't it be interesting if the fellow who "found" the pipe bomb actually "found" it in his home workshop and decided, for some reason, that it might be better to give it to the police for destruction that trying to blow it up himself. With the reporting by the Weekly, we would never know that the "hero" was really a "bomber". But this guy probably wouldn't want the police nosing around in his workshop, would he.

Calling the Palo Alto police, and standing way, way back, warning anyone else who comes along of the danger, is what this guy should have done. As it were, he's cost the taxpayers a lot of money in lost productivity of the City Hall workforce.,

Sad ..

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

HAHAHHAHHA no way he brought what he thought was a live bomb to the police station?!?!??! Thats smart....

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Posted by frquent shopper
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

What does a pipe bomb look like?

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Posted by Hello?
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Frequent shopper: A clue, it's in a pipe.

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