Bomb Threat at Facebook Headquarters
March 20, 2014
A bomb threat occurred at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park last Tuesday night. The threat was announced after a piece of paper was slipped under a person’s office door stating a bomb would go off. The campus was then evacuated and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) was called around 7:10 pm.
The SFPD then contacted the Menlo Park Police Department (MPPD), who “followed standard operating procedures and sent officers to the Facebook campus and advised Facebook personnel,” according to Menlo Park Police Cmdr. Dave Bertini.
While investigating the bomb threat, Facebook employees gathered in the central courtyard until the threat was considered to be “unsubstantiated and not credible” at 8:30 pm. The scene was then cleared and Facebook employees were allowed to leave normally by shuttle buses.
Commander Dave Bertini said, “[He’s] not even sure [the threat] was directed against Menlo Park Facebook.”
According to the Mercury News, Facebook will soon fund their own full-time police officer that will work at a nearby substation for $200,000 a year. It is hoped that the police officer will improve safety patrolling the Belle Haven neighborhood.