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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.