Bomb Scare Empties eBay Headquarters

Wednesday, November 14th 2007, 5:59 pm
By: News On 6

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – A suspicious package in the company mailroom at eBay headquarters led to an employee evacuation Wednesday. EBay employees were allowed to return to work after a bomb squad determined the parcel was harmless.

More than 200 eBay employees were ordered out of one of nine buildings at the online auction company's headquarters when workers in the mailroom found the package just before 9 a.m. They were allowed to return at about 12:30 p.m.

``It has happened before, but it is a very rare thing,'' eBay spokesman Hani Durzy said of the scare. ``EBay is a company and an entity in Silicon Valley and is not immune to what other companies and organization have to deal with.''

Durzy refused to describe what about the package raised alarms.

EBay's San Jose campus houses a work force of about 2,500.

The evacuated workers had the option of waiting outside while police and firefighters investigated, finding another building to work in or working from home, according to Durzy.