Explosive device detonated behind school

Juvenile charged; no injuries

A "homemade explosive device" was detonated at around 10 p.m. Wednesday in a grass field directly behind La Entrada Middle School at 2200 Sharon Road in Menlo Park, Sgt. William A. Dixon of the Menlo Park Police Department reported.

"There were no reported injuries or substantial property damage resulting from the detonation of the device," Sgt. Dixon said in a statement.

A 17-year-old juvenile, a resident of unincorporated Menlo Park, admitted to detonating the device in the grass field, police said. The juvenile, whose name was not released, was charged with possession and detonation of an explosive device.

Police and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office bomb squad searched the juvenile's home and found no other explosive devices or materials used to make such devices, police said.

Police said that at around 10:09 p.m. Wednesday (June 16) they received multiple reports of a loud explosion in the Sharon Heights neighborhood. The residents and witnesses said the noise appeared to come from La Entrada Middle School.

The San Mateo County Crime Laboratory helped gather evidence at the scene.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call Officer Swanson at 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line, 330-6395.

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Posted by gina
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Jun 17, 2010 at 9:26 am

first teenagers buying eggs at safeway and then going on an egg throwing binge through out
sharon heights, and now some kid setting off explosive devices behind la entrada school. one would think that maybe now that school's out for the summer these kids have way too much time on their hands

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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 17, 2010 at 11:15 am

POGO, I think this is the city council's fault.

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Posted by nokidding
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I agree "truth", it's either the city council's, city manager or the city employees fault!!!

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Posted by OMG
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:15 am

What's next do you think they could have uranium? Peter, POGO, Menlo Voter no comments I would think you would have some cost analysis or expert options on this important matter?

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Posted by over blown
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm

So, either typical fireworks (used to be legal and ARE in other states)weeks before the 4th of July, or some soda and vinegar. Glad we are SO evolved and high browed.

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