A Washington man says ordnances confiscated from his home this week were nothing more than Civil War artifacts.
Carter Leary was asked by Washington Police Tuesday evening if they could search his home for a dog that bit a young girl earlier that night. Leary voluntarily let the two officers search the residence. Officers did not find a dog, but did find two live Hotchkiss rounds from the Civil War.
Leary says, "There was no danger to the surrounding area. I'm extremely safe in what I do."
Leary, who was in the Army, says he's a history buff and says the rounds came from a dive he took in the Tar River. "The rounds really belong to the state, but the state knew that I had them -we were totally legal."
That didn't matter when the two rounds were seized by the ATF. All Leary was left with was a receipt. WITN called the ATF but have yet to hear back from them.
Washington Police Chief Mick Reed says they were just following protocol. "It's understood that sometimes people feel that our motives aren't exactly as we discuss or explain to them at the time but we simply do the best we can."
Leary feels there was still a step that was missed in the process. "In the case of Chief Reed allowing two kids to call the ATF on me, that's wrong...he should have come to me first."
Law enforcement told WITN that if anyone has live rounds they should always contact their local police department for assistance in dealing with them.
It's not clear at this point the status of the rounds, or if Leary will get them back.