(CNN) — A 12-year-old boy in Virginia was killed by a grenade explosion that investigators believe it was purchased from an antiques mall in North Carolina, and now authorities are warning that others may have been sold and may be active.
The grenades were thought to be the chemically inactive Mk 2 type, a style used during the Second World War, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The boy was killed on December 23 by the explosion of a grenade that ATF believes was purchased on June 13 at the Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte, North Carolina.
CNN Has approached the antique mall but has not received an answer.
When the grenade was sold, the agency said that the seller and the buyer they did not believe that “grenades worked or were dangerous”.
ATF asks other people who have bought a grenade in the same store to contact them, fearing that “the grenades bought from the seller may contain live explosives and may be dangerous to the public“.
This would not be the first time that a grenade has been found that is believed to be inert and shown to be alive. In December 2019, also in North Carolina, a live grenade was found inside a donated dresser at Habitat ReStore in Durham.
The volunteer who found him took him out of the building and the police were called. No injuries were reported from that incident..