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


Subject :

Pipe bomb incident at City Hall on 2/25/10
Contact : Lt. Sandra Brown, Palo Alto Police Department    650.704.2930
Palo Alto, Ca. - On February 25, 2010, at around 5 PM, a citizen brought what he believed to be a possible plastic pipe bomb to the Police Department for disposal. Officers who met with the citizen observed what appeared to be a small 6" PVC pipe with end caps in a plastic shopping bag. The citizen was told to leave the bag containing the item on the bench near the front door of the police lobby.

Based upon the size and type of device, the immediate vicinity was evacuated to ensure the safety of employees and the public. The police evacuated the Forest Street side of the police department and the downtown Library was closed. As a further precaution, employees who work on A-level, 1st floor and Mezzanine were also evacuated. Because the Print Shop had to close, the Council packet completion and delivery was delayed until Friday 2/27.

Traffic on Forest Avenue was shut down between Bryant and Ramona Streets. All pedestrian access to the north side of the City Hall plaza was restricted as well as pedestrian traffic from the lower level City Hall parking garage up to Forest Avenue. The police shut down all access to the Forest Street side of City Hall Plaza. The Santa Clara County Bomb Squad was activated and arrived at the police department at 5:32 PM. The bomb was evaluated and determined to be live by the Bomb Squad and was detonated at 6:28 PM.

The Police Department advises residents who find objects that look like explosive devices to back off from them call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. The department encourages people not to drive with such objects in their car, or to attempt to move or transport them by any means.