The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a statement about the incident on Thursday as agents search for other explosives that may have been unknowingly sold at the same Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte.
Authorities did not reveal the identity of the teen, who was said to have died when the MK2 grenade detonated two days before Christmas on December 23 in Abingdon, Virginia.
‘At the time of sale, neither the vendor nor buyer(s) believed the grenades to be functioning or hazardous,’ the ATF statement read.
The ATF said the MK2 grenade – a style used during WWII – was thought to be ‘inert’ at the time it was purchased at Fancy Flea on June 13.
The agency had said in December they were looking for a grenade that was sold from that vendor in June and may be ready to explode.
The explosive was initially believed to be inactive, but ‘subsequent information’ confirmed it could still contain materials that could render it combustible.