U.S. Family Sparks Panic After Bringing Unexploded Bomb to Israeli Airport

An American family of tourists sparked panic at an Israeli airport on April 28 after they presented an old, unexploded bomb at a security check.

According to the authorities at Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, the family picked up the military shell at Golan Heights in northern Israel and packed it in their return luggage to bring it back to the United States as a souvenir.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and remnants of the fighting, such as land mines, can still be found in the area.

“When they arrived to check their luggage, they showed the piece of the shell to security,” airport authorities said, according to The Times of Israel.

“Since it was a piece of a shell, the evacuation of the area was announced,” the authorities added.

A video from Israeli public broadcaster Kan showed people at the airport running, shouting, and ducking under tables in fear of an attack.

A 32-year-old Israeli man injured himself after falling over a luggage conveyor belt as he tried to flee the scene. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Travelers were allowed back onto the terminal after security ruled out any danger.

The U.S. family was also allowed to board a plane, but without the bomb, after security declared the all-clear following a short investigation.

Ben Guiron International Airport has one of the highest levels of security in the world.

Israel is also on high alert after a series of deadly attacks across the country in recent weeks.


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