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Bomb Scare Forces Evacuation Of 200 eBay Workers

The affected areas of campus have since been reopened.

More than 200 employees were evacuated from eBay's Hamilton Avenue campus in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday morning following the discovery of a suspicious package.

The evacuation began about 8:55 a.m. PST, according to eBay. The company's PayPal and Skype services weren't affected.

Law enforcement officers determined that the package was harmless. "The device was disrupted at about 12:30 p.m.," said Sgt. Nick Muyo, a San Jose Police officer. "It was not an explosive device."

Muyo declined to comment on whether a bomb-defusing robot was brought in, saying the police did not discuss specific methods and tactics.

"This was simply a case of a package that was suspicious that nobody could identify," said Muyo. "So we handled this by the numbers."

Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms spokesperson Nina Delgadillo said that ATF agents were present with a K-9 unit.

"The affected areas of campus have since been reopened," eBay said in a statement.

EBay didn't immediately respond to requests for further information.

On Halloween night, 2006, a pipe bomb shattered the window of a building that's part of eBay's PayPal operation. A news report at the time indicated that 26 people were evacuated and that no one was inured in the explosion.

That investigation has been suspended for lack of leads. Muyo said the pipe bomb case appears likely to remain on hold unless someone comes forward with new information about the blast.

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