Authorities with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the grenade may be one of several others sold at a North Carolina antique mall.
The deadly explosion happened two days before Christmas. The ATF is investigating whether the grenade was purchased at Fancy Flea Market Antique Mall in Shallotte, North Carolina. When the explosive was sold in June, the vendor didn't think the grenade was still functioning.
UPDATED: Seeking the public’s help in recovering potential live grenades purchased in June 2020 at Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte. Virginia teen killed by an exploding grenade that may have been purchased from the antique mall in June. https://t.co/INbGJKKbz3 pic.twitter.com/IqEA3XXAMC— ATF Charlotte (@ATFCharlotte) January 8, 2021
Last month, ATF agents announced they where looking for more grenades possibly sold by the same vendor. They're not certain how many others exist or who purchased them.
The explosives are thought to be "inert" MK2 grenades similar to those used during World War II. Authorities are asking for the public's help to locate the explosive devices.
If you purchased an "inert" grenade from the Fancy Flea Antique Mall in June, contact the Charlotte Field Division of the ATF at (704) 716-1800 or the Washington Field Division at (202) 648-8010.