SAN CARLOS -- A suspected bomb that prompted evacuations at the South Bay Waste Authority facility Wednesday turned out to be a harmless piece of pipe, police said.
After destroying the 12 inch-long section of pipe at the Shoreway Environmental Center, the San Mateo County Bomb Squad determined it wasn't an explosive device, Sheriff's Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.
Firefighters and deputies rushed to the recycling and waste center at 225 Shoreway Road around 1 p.m. after a driver noticed the 2½ inch diameter pipe in the back of his truck. He thought it might be a bomb and reported it.
The deputies, who destroyed the pipe in the facility's rear lot, left around 4:30 p.m., Rosenblatt said.
Authorities suspended air traffic in the area as a precaution during the investigation, Rosenblatt said. Workers from a welding shop and an adjacent business in the Northeast corner of the property were also evacuated, according to South Bay Recycling General Manager Dwight Herring.
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