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Teen injured in grenade explosion, another arrested
Novelty device altered to become dangerous, sheriff's officials said
1222EXPLOSION Barratt Duncan Young
Barratt Duncan Young, 18

A Murrayville teen was arrested by Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies in connection with the explosion of a homemade device on Tuesday night that injured a 16-year-old.

Barratt Duncan Young, 18, of Murrayville, will face charges of possessing and manufacturing an explosive device, reckless conduct, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and underage alcohol consumption, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

Detectives believe Young brought a grenade-like device to the 16-year-old boy who was at a residence on Underwood Drive, said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

The explosive detonated while the 16-year-old was handling it; his name has not been released by officials because of a policy on victims' identities.

The teen suffered serious injuries to his hand, Wilbanks said. He did not know the extent of other injuries or the status of the patient.

Investigators do not believe the explosion is related to domestic terrorism.

"There were no indications of intent to use the devices in a harmful manner," sheriff's officials said.

After the explosion around 11:30 p.m., Young drove the teen to a nearby convenience store on Thompson Bridge Road and called 911, Wilbanks said.

The teen was taken by ambulance to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

After an investigation, detectives determined the device was made from a nonexplosive novelty grenade.

A sheriff's office press release described the explosive as a novelty World War II era "pineapple-style" hand grenade that had been "modified and filled with an unknown explosive material." The devices are "commercially available as a novelty item after being rendered inert."

Two more novelty grenades, which had not been modified, were found at Young's home, Wilbanks said.

Wilbanks said the investigation is still ongoing.

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