A teenage boy in Virginia was killed two days before Christmas after a World War II-era hand grenade that was thought to be inactive exploded.
The Federal Agency for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the grenade was likely purchased in June at the Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte, NC.
It said other grenades “may have been sold by the same seller in June” and police officers were “concerned that the grenades bought by the seller contain live explosives and could be dangerous to the public”.
Authorities may not be able to determine the exact number of grenades sold at the mall in Shallotte, a coastal town nearly 100 miles south of Fayetteville, as transactions were made in cash during the busy summer season, a spokesman for the office said.
A similar style grenade sold around the same time “has yet to be considered,” the spokesman said.
In a statement, the mall said that “there was only one other grenade sold by the same seller the next day,” that it was “very sorry that this happened,” and that “we all felt that the Grenade was sluggish “.