The unnamed family sparked a bomb scare when they presented security guards with the artillery round in a plastic bag they were hoping to bring back as a souvenir from their visit to Golan Heights, authorities said.
A 32-year-old man was hospitalised with injuries sustained as he tried to flee over a baggage carousel to get away from the unexploded round, authorities said.
Video circulated on social media showed panicked passengers scattering at Ben Gurion Airport’s departure hall.
I've officially seen it all 🤦🏽♀️
VIDEO: Mass panic at Ben Gurion Airport due to emergency evacuation of terminal 3
An American family on vacation, visited the Golan Heights, found a fallen shell and popped it in their suitcase to take home as a souvenir. Elokim. pic.twitter.com/F9wmNnci6Y
— ג'סיקה חסן 𓂆 (@jess_ih_ka) April 28, 2022
The Israel Airports Authority said the family were allowed to board their flight after an interrogation by security staff who declared an all-clear.
The Jewish Press reported a child in the family had initially found the munition and packed it as a “souvenir”.
Remnants of the Six-Day war with Syria, such as munitions, can still be found in Golan Heights.