Photo Credit: Mendy Hechtman / Flash 90
People parachute over the Poleg Beach in Netanya during the Passover holiday, on April 18, 2014.

Police who were summoned for a report of a “suspicious-looking” item in Netanya on Wednesday made their next call to the bomb squad.

The “item” discovered by a beachcomber on Poleg Beach turned out to have been a live British Mandate-era 155mm artillery shell.

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Civilians who have walked on the beach were more lucky than they knew: Police sappers on the scene said the mortar shell was unstable and dangerous, even after more than half a century.

The sappers chose to safely detonate the shell at the site.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.