Grenade Explosion Injures Hall County, Ga. Teen

By: AP
By: AP

MURRAYVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Hall County authorities say a Murrayville teenager has been charged in connection with the explosion of a homemade device that injured a 16-year-old.

The Hall County sheriff's office says 18-year-old Barratt Duncan Young faces charges of possessing and manufacturing an explosive
device, reckless conduct, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and underage alcohol consumption.

Detectives say they believe Young brought a grenade-like device
to the 16-year-old on Tuesday.

Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, says the explosive detonated while the 16-year-old was handling it, and the teen suffered serious to his hands, face and abdomen.

A sheriff's office press release describes the explosive as a novelty World War II era "pineapple-style" hand grenade that had been "modified and filled with an unknown explosive material."

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