Bomb squad destroys fake pipe bomb near GreenWaste

Device found in dirt lot near Palo Alto's trash hauler's facilities

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad detonated what turned out to be a fake pipe bomb near GreenWaste of Palo Alto on Thursday morning, according to Palo Alto police.

An employee alerted police at about 10:10 a.m., police said. The suspicious device was found in an empty dirt lot behind a parking lot in the rear of the waste and recycle collection, transportation and processing site, located on the 2000 block of Geng Road, near the Baylands. The device was made of PVC pipes and had electrical wires protruding from it, police said.

Out of an abundance of caution, police evacuated 15 employees from GreenWaste, the city trash hauler. No other businesses in the area were evacuated, police said. The county's bomb squad conducted a controlled detonation of the device at about 1:30 p.m. Officials with the bomb squad determined that the device was fake.

Officers don't know how long the device was there and they do not have suspect information. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by Shallow Alto
a resident of another community
on Oct 29, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Let's hope that whoever did this is found, arrested, and brought before a court of law. This isn't some kind of joke; it's a serious matter, and should be treated as such.

And let's also hope that this thread doesn't become one of people taking their anger out on GreenWaste. This isn't the time or place for it.

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Posted by photo please
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 29, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Is a photo of the "device" available? Was it really intended to be a hoax bomb? Or was it a scrap piece of construction material that might have scared an uneducated viewer. Remember the student's clock that some people thought was a bomb?

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Posted by CruelThingtoDo
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Was this perhaps intended to scare, intimidate, or otherwise shake up the staff and management? If it was, it was a mean trick to pull.

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