U.S.|Teenager Killed After Hand Grenade Bought at an Antique Mall Explodes
Officials mentioned that extra of the World War II-era grenades, which had been regarded as inactive, might have been bought this summer season at an antiques mall in North Carolina.
The MK2 grenade, a mode used throughout World War II much like the one pictured, exploded on Dec. 23, killing a young person in Abingdon, Va.Credit…Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
- Jan. 10, 2021Updated 7:15 p.m. ET
A teen in Virginia was killed two days earlier than Christmas after a World War II-era hand grenade that was regarded as inactive exploded, the authorities mentioned.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the grenade was probably bought from Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte, N.C., in June.
It mentioned that different grenades had been “possibly sold from the same vendor in June” and that regulation enforcement officers had been “concerned the grenades purchased from the vendor may contain live explosives and could be hazardous to the public.”
The authorities could also be unable to find out the precise variety of grenades bought on the mall in Shallotte, a coastal city almost 100 miles south of Fayetteville, as a result of the transactions had been made in money throughout the busy summer season season, a bureau spokesman mentioned.
The same-style grenade that was bought across the similar time “has yet to be accounted for,” the spokesman mentioned.
In a press release, the mall mentioned that “there was only one other grenade sold the next day by the same vendor,” that it was “very sorry that this has occurred,” and that “we all felt that the grenade was inert.”
The grenade’s chain of possession earlier than its sale on the mall is unclear.
The MK2 grenade exploded on Dec. 23, the bureau mentioned,