Bomb disposal experts trooped to an Israeli museum after a live 90-year-old grenade was discovered inside a cupboard on Thursday.
Authorities were called to the Haganah Museum located on Rothschild Boulevard in the city center of Tel Aviv to safely remove the grenade, which according to experts, was manufactured in the 1920s for use by the Jewish Underground. The Haganah, which the museum pays tribute to, was a Zionist military organization formed in 1920 to defend Jewish settlements against Palestinian Arabs.
The building that houses the Haganah Museum was once owned by Eliyahu Golomb, one of the Haganah founders. The structure also showcases preserved rooms from the Golomb household.
Even though it was almost 100 years old, the weapon could still potentially detonate. "Bomb disposal experts carefully removed the Grenade that was discovered in the museum in tel Aviv. They prevented a potentially very dangerous situation to the public," said Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld in an interview with FoxNews.com.
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The grenade has since been defused and is being examined by forensic experts. It is expected to be turned over to the museum to be included in an exhibit featuring the Jewish Underground's history and the weapons that they used.
Grenades much older than the one found in Haganah Museum is not unheard of in Israel. Last year, the family of the late Marcel Mazliah, a power plant worker in northern Israel, turned over to the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) an ancient grenade that dates back to the 11th to 13th century during the Crusades era. The grenade is one of the old relics discovered and retrieved by Mazliah over the years. His collection includes a 3,500-year-old knife from the Bronze Age, 11th century AD metal mortar and pestles, and candlesticks fragments.