American tourists spark panic at Israeli airport after trying to take home bombshell souvenir

An American family on holiday in Israel sparked panic when security officers at Ben Gurion airport discovered an unexploded shell in their luggage picked up as a souvenir.

Airport security immediately ordered an evacuation of the baggage check-in area when the shell was found on Thursday, the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) said.

The announcement caused panic in the departures hall. In a video posted on social media, passengers were seen running in all directions.

A traveller injured in the rush was taken to hospital.

One of the family's children had picked up the shell during a visit to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the scene of intense fighting between Israel and Syria during the wars of 1967 and 1973, the IAA said.

The family boarded their flight as planned, the IAA said.