- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Police in Mooresville are investigating the death of a man in whose home was found traces of an explosive material.

Local media outlets report Mooresville police Maj. Gerald Childress said officers responded to a medical emergency on Thursday and found 33-year-old Joshua Aaron Britton unresponsive and in need of medical attention. Emergency personnel took Britton to the hospital, and he was pronounced dead on Friday.

According to Childress, a search of the home by a hazardous materials response team turned up “small traces” of lead azide. He said because such a small amount was found, nearby homes were not evacuated.

Childress said the material was removed from the home and destroyed.

The website Globalsecurity.org says lead azide is widely used as an initiating explosive in high-explosive detonator devices.

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