News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Bomb Squad Says Possible Pipe Bomb Found at Business Was Fake
Contact : Marianna Villaescusa, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – The discovery of a device constructed to look like a pipe bomb disrupted a Palo Alto business today until a bomb squad responded and determined it was fake.

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, at about 10:10 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting a suspicious device at GreenWaste of Palo Alto, a business located at 2000 Geng Road.  In an empty dirt lot behind a parking lot to the rear of the business, an employee found what appeared to a pipe bomb.  The device was made of PVC piping and had electrical wires protruding from it.

Officers evacuated about 15 employees from GreenWaste of Palo Alto out of an abundance of caution for their safety.  No other area businesses were evacuated.  The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded to the scene, and conducted a controlled detonation of the device at about 1:30 p.m.  Their investigation determined that the device was fake.

Police have no suspect information, nor do officers know how long the device had been there prior to its discovery this morning.  Detectives are investigating the case.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or