The Alameda County bomb squad and a Hayward police SWAT team surrounded a home for hours Tuesday after finding notes indicating there were possible explosives inside.
But, after about 7 hours of waiting, when SWAT team members finally entered the home, they turned up no explosives. They didn't find any people inside either.
Hayward police said officers were sent to the 27000 block of Gainesville Avenue at 9:58 a.m. to serve an eviction notice. As of 5:30 p.m., authorities said the occupant of the home was nowhere to be found.
Upon entering the home Tuesday morning, officers found "suspicious" notes that led them to believe there were explosives on the property. Police called in the SWAT team and the sheriff's bomb squad to investigate.
“Upon arrival and entering the home, they saw some suspicious notes that made them concerned for their safety,” Hayward police Sgt. Mark Ormsby said. “They immediately backed out of the home and contacted their bomb squad and our special response unit.”
After that, authorities said they were using robots and canines to search the home.
Neighbor Sebastian Alarco told NBC Bay Area the man who lives at the home has a history of setting off fireworks and cherry bombs.
“The last few years he's been really big on fireworks – not really on the Fourth of July, but just any time, any day,” Alarco said. He added that the man has told her he makes the fireworks himself.
Authorities said the scene was cleared as of about 5:30 p.m.