March 20, 2009
‘Monty Python’ prop prompts evacuation
A prop from the film
Monty Python and the Holy Grail prompted a precautionary evacuation of a London pub, police say.
Police in London's Islington district said after water company engineers spotted a copy of the film's
Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch while lifting a fire hydrant, the surrounding area was cordoned off, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.
Those experts spent nearly an hour examining the prop, which the Telegraph said closely resembled a golden ornament, before deeming it harmless.
Holy Hand Grenade is used in the 1975 comedy to destroy a killer rabbit threatening a group of knights.
While the grenade originally earned laughs on screen, pub owner Alberto Romanelli wasn't laughing at its recent reappearance.
I lost a good hour's worth of business, the Windmill owner told the Telegraph.