An Iowa woman died after attending a gender-reveal party that went horribly wrong. The officials said that the tragedy happened after an explosion. The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, reported on their website that an Iowa family attempted to have a gender reveal party using a homemade device that was meant to spew out the colored powder.
However, the colored powder exploded like a pipe bomb, killing the 56-year-old woman. The Marion County Sheriff’s office reported that Pamela Kreimeyer died instantly after the debris struck her head before flying another 132 meters, and landing in a nearby field in rural Knoxville. Kreimeyer was 14 meters away from the device when it exploded.
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Family members claimed that they had been experimenting with explosives because they hoped that they could post the colorful announcement on social media. In order to make the device, they welded a metal cylinder to a stand and packed it with gunpowder and colored baby powder. However, when the authorities examined it, they found out that the tape covering the top of the cylinder caused it to detonate similarly to a pipe bomb.
“This family got together for what they thought was going to be a happy event with no intent for anyone to get hurt,” Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said in a statement. While the law enforcement officials expressed their condolences to the family, they warned the public about the dangers of using explosive materials for their parties.
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The officials said that when people use gunpowder, a metal stand, and colored powder, there is a high potential for serious injury or death. Although the use of explosives for a gender reveal is rare, a similar incident also caused a major wildfire in Arizona.