EBay building bombed: Exclusive IMs from an eBayer inside the building
Firefighters rushed to eBay's San Jose headquarters last night after an explosion in a four-story eBay building. First thought to be a transformer, the cause is now being reported as a bomb.
A live TV report from last night is available at KRON 4. A reader sends the following IM conversation they had with an eBay employee in the building.
My friend was working late at eBay tonight when there was a large explosion within the building.
Here's the breaking news story:
friend: Crazy shit! A bunch of us were there working late and all of a sudden BOOOOOOM!!!!
I ran outside looking for a plane crash.
But is from inside the building. Some are saying it was a transformer.
Windows were blown out.
me: top floor? basement? or somewhere in between?
friend: Bottom floor hallways were filled with smoke. I had to run through the buildings and yell for people to evacuate because....get this...
There were no fricking fire alarms to pull.
me: no fire alarms?
friend: The bomb squad and hazmat are on site searching the buildings.
friend: Yeah. Crazy. Couldn't find one anywhere. And I looked high and low.
me: everybody OK afauk?
friend: Yeah...no injuries.
Just a lot of rattled nerves.
=== 45 minutes later ==
friend: Whoa. It was a bomb.
Firefighters Respond to Explosions within eBay Building
Bomb Explodes At eBay Headquarters In San Jose
(CBS 5) SAN JOSE An explosive device left at the eBay-owned PayPal headquarters in San Jose exploded Tuesday night, shattering a plate-glass window on the four-story building.
Some 26 employees were working inside the building at the time of the explosion. They reportedly called 911 after hearing the blast.
"Whatever caused this was pretty strong,' said San Jose Fire Department Capt. Jose Guerrero. "It's tough to break one of these windows."
The bomb was placed outside an exit at the PayPal building that leads to the company's conference center.
The fire department responded to the building at 2211 North 1st St. at 7:31 pm after being contacted by the building's private alarm company that some windows were broken and several explosions may have occurred inside, according to Guerrero.
Authorities confirmed only one explosion Tuesday night and said damage was limited to a shattered window and its frame, Guerrero said.
Firefighters ordered the evacuation of the building and members of the bomb squad and the hazardous materials team investigated the incident, according to Guerrero.
There was no immediate word on the contents of the device, but officials told CBS 5 Tuesday that the debris left behind was not radiological.