BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Federal authorities say some criminals in Alabama appear to be arming themselves with homemade hand grenades.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says a live grenade was discovered during a Birmingham drug raid about two months ago. A follow-up investigation led investigators to a place where grenades were being made in a residential neighborhood.

David Hyche, the ATF’s special agent in charge in Alabama, says agents recovered 24 hand grenades in the process of being made, but “we’re not sure exactly how many are out there.”

Hyche says the grenades can kill people up to 30 feet away and typically have homemade fuses that are unreliable. He says seized grenades that were intended to detonate after a three-to-five second delay blew up in a millisecond.

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