Package Bomb Explodes on Bay Farm


On Oct. 19, the United States Postal Service (USPS) delivered a package to a home in East Palo Alto. The package — disguised to resemble a jewelry box — contained a home-made pipe bomb that exploded when the addressee’s father opened the package. 

Last Friday morning, USPS delivered a package to an Alameda police officer’s home on Oleander Avenue. When the officer’s wife opened the package, it exploded in her face. The blast burned her and injured her ears. 

USPS inspectors are investigating whether the same person might have manufactured and mailed both bombs. Investigators will attempt to reconstruct the package. Of particular importance to the preliminary investigation are the package’s mailing label and serial number. These will help investigators determine which post office was used to mail the package. They will then examine surveillance video at that particular post office to help pinpoint who mailed the package. 

Postal inspectors stress that the person they believe might have manufactured these bombs is, at best, a person of interest. They have no suspects in this case.  Postal inspector Jeff Fitch stressed the seriousness of sending a bomb using USPS. “It’s a federal offense,” he said. “We’ve got a whole task force of people working on it.”

Henry Lee at KTVU Channel 2 reported that sources told him that a local gang sent the bomb to the Alameda police officer through the USPS, as well as to the address in East Palo Alto. However inspectors told Lee that they are staying tight-lipped about the case. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and the Alameda Police Department are all assisting USPS in the investigation. Authorities are releasing few details.