Bomb Squad Detonates Suspicious Package at Emeryville Home Depot

Published On March 19, 2019 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

Customers and employees were evacuated from the Emeryville Home Depot at about 2:34 p.m. this afternoon at after a report of a suspicious package. The package was noticed in the front of the store among some potted plants and flowers.

The Emeryville Police Department issued a Nixle alert for the public to avoid the area and The Alameda County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Squad (EOD) was dispatched to the scene.


After initially using an x-ray scanner on the package, a bomb squad technician outfitted in a disposal suit and helmet placed a controlled explosive device in the proximity of the suspicious package.

After issuing a verbal warning to officials and spectators, they detonated the charge at about 3:47 p.m. and a moderate explosion shook the area.

The technician extracted the object from among what appeared to be a couple of clothing items and officers could be seen documenting the item in a plastic tub.

On the scene was Tory Belleci from the hit Mythbusters television show (left) who could be seen taking selfies with members of the ALCO Sheriff’s team.

The EPD has issued a follow-up alert noting the removal of the threat but we do not have information on when Home Depot will reopen.

Since this is breaking news, we will update this story as new information becomes available.

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

3 Responses to Bomb Squad Detonates Suspicious Package at Emeryville Home Depot

  1. Everett Castle says:

    Nice Work Rob.I will be in E-Ville on Thursday.Maybe you will be there @noon when I come by.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t realize til I left the store..I was in the gardening department at the time. Store wasn’t evacuated for at least 45 minutes from when police arrived. Should have beeen evacuated sooner

  3. Anonymous says:

    What time did this happen? Super vague

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