False Bomb Incident

On Thursday, at about 6:27 PM, Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a gas station on the 14000 block of Highway 4 in Discovery Bay regarding a possible pipe bomb.

The caller reported that a box was thrown into his truck by a person who he knows. He removed the box, which contained what appeared to be a pipe bomb.

Deputies set up a perimeter. The Walnut Creek Police Bomb Squad responded and rendered the device safe. It turned out to be fake.

Deputies were able to locate and arrest the suspect. 19-year-old Peter Balas of Pleasanton is currently at the Martinez Detention Facility on a false bomb charge. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.


Jimmy Lee
Director of Public Affairs
Contra Costa County
Office of the Sheriff
1980 Muir Road, Martinez, CA

Office: (925) 313-2643
Fax:     (925) 372-6423


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