Abingdon, Va. teen killed by grenade likely sold at NC store

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ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) — Authorities say an Abingdon teenager was killed by a hand grenade just two days before Christmas.

Abingdon police responded to a reported explosion on the evening of Dec. 23 in the 200 block of Kings Street.

Officers arrived to find a 12-year-old boy dead.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms says the teenager was killed by an exploding hand grenade that may have been purchased from the Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte, North Carolina.

The ATF says the vendor believed the grenades were inert.

“Subsequent information provided to ATF indicates additional grenades were possibly sold from the same vendor in June 2020,” the ATF said in a news release. “Law enforcement is concerned the grenades purchased from the vendor may contain live explosives and could be hazardous to the public.”

The agency is now searching for other grenades that may have been sold at the antique mall.

(Photo: ATF)

The teenager’s death remains under investigation. Police have not released the boy’s name.

Abingdon police say the incident “appears to be isolated” and the department does not “anticipate any further danger to the community.”

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