Salisbury authorities are trying to determine how a live, improvised grenade ended up in a container sold by Foils recycling plant to one of the company’s customers.
Salisbury resident Carlos Ortiz called police to his home at 322 S. Church Street Friday after he found the grenade inside a 2-foot-by-2-foot container he had purchased from Foils on Thursday.
Police and the Cabarrus County Bomb squad responded to Ortiz’ home and determined they needed to detonate the grenade. Authorities dug a hole in Ortiz’ backyard, used a robot to move the grenade from the container to the hole and refilled the hole with dirt. Then, police detonated the grenade.
The Salisbury Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms (ATF) law enforcement are working together to find where the container originated from and who placed the device into the container.
Officials said ATF will retrieve the remnants of the device for their investigation.
Anyone with information on this case should call the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.