Bomb threat at HP keeps employees inside, blocks road – Palo Alto Online

A bomb threat at Hewlett Packard’s headquarters forced employees to stay inside and closed off a section of Page Mill Road in Palo Alto for more than an hour this afternoon, police said.

Employees at HP located at 3000 Hanover St., were sheltering in place as officers searched the area, where they later found nothing suspicious, police said. The building was secure and no one was evacuated. Two police cars were seen outside one of HP’s buildings.

As a precaution, Page Mill Road blocked between Hanover Street and Peter Coutts Road from about 3:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m., police said on Twitter.

No additional buildings have been affected by the threat, according to police.

Employees were allowed to leave the building as the evening commute began.

DXC Technology Company and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford offices are a few of the many companies in the area.

Stanford University journalism professor Cheryl Phillips was biking home around 3:30 p.m. when she saw two police officers blocking Page Mill at Hanover and a third officer farther down on Hanover. Traffic didn’t appear to clogged up by the closure at the time.

Phillips said she saw people still waiting at bus stops within the blocked off area.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s bus lines 101, 102, 103 and 89 have been rerouted due to the police investigation, the agency said in an alert issued at 4:40 p.m.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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