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Grenade purchased in Ocean Isle Beach that could still explode needs to be located

SHALLOTTE, S.C. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is asking for help from the public in recovering a grenade that was purchased on June 13, 2020 at an antique mall in Ocean Isle Beach, ABC affiliate WPDE reported.

The grenade was sold by a vendor at the mall and was thought to be an inert MK2 grenade, a style used during World War II.

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At the time of sale, neither the vendor nor the buyer thought that the grenade could be functioning or hazardous. However, other information provided to ATF indicates the grenade may still contain materials that could degrade and explode or explode upon impact.

ATF is asking for anyone who visited the Ocean Isle Beach area and purchased a grenade from the Fancy Flea Antique Mall on June 13 to contact the North Carolina Field Division at 704-716-1800.

Information can also be provided to ATF by calling 1-800-ATF-TIPS (800-283-8477), or by email at ATFTips@atf.gov, or through the ReportIt app.

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