An Idaho woman discovered a Nazi artillery shell while cleaning out her parents’ shed last week.
Diana Landa said that her parents had rarely used the shed in their longtime home outside of Boise and had no idea how the explosive got there. The device had a Nazi insignia and was etched with the year 1938.
Landa took the bomb home with her and placed it in her own shed, but was later convinced by a co-worker to consult an expert in case the device was still live.
“He’s, like, really into history,” Landa told the Associated Press. “He was saying it could be an explosive and how unstable these things can be if they’re old.”
The bomb squad from Mountain Home Air Force Base came to her home and X-rayed the shell, determining that it was a Nazi 37-mm round that was “found to be hazardous,” according to a base spokeswoman.
Landa wrote on Facebook that it was “definitely a once in a lifetime experience.”
“It’s a little scary,” she told the AP. “Now I think about it, we should’ve been more careful. But we didn’t know anything about weapons.”