Gender reveal party causes ‘earth-shaking’ explosion

Leah Sinclair
·2-min read
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An explosion that was felt by a number of towns in the US was caused by a gender reveal party, authorities said.

In a press release, Kingston Police Department said they received a call around 7pm on Tuesday regarding a "large explosion" on Dorre Road, in New Hampshire.

Officers arrived at the scene and learned that the explosion was caused by approximately 80 lbs. of tannerite, "an over-the-counter, explosive target used for firearms practice [and] sold in kit form”.

Authorities said the people on-site reported that they had been having a party to reveal the sex of their baby, and chose to detonate the tannerite near Torromeo’s quarry — a place they believed was a safe location.

It is thought that the individuals had permission to be on the property, according to NBC affiliate WBTS.

Several Kingston residents said they explosion had been "earth-shaking."

"We heard this god-awful blast," said Sara Taglieri, who lives near the quarry. "It knocked pictures off our walls."

"It cracked foundations of our neighbours’ [homes]," added her husband, Matt Taglieri.

A number of people in surrounding towns also said they felt the blast, WBTS reported.

A number of incidents and even fatalities have been linked to gender reveal parties in the US.

In February, a man was killed after a device he was building for his baby’s gender-reveal party exploded.

The tragic incident took place in the garage of Christopher Pekny’s home in the Catskills town of Liberty when the device he was assembling blew up unexpectedly.

That same month, a Michigan man also died after he was struck by shrapnel from a gender reveal cannon being used at a baby shower.

In 2020, a couple started a wildfire that burned for over a month after setting off a smoke bomb to reveal their baby’s gender.

The smoke bomb ignited wild grasses inside El Dorado Ranch Park in Southern California, and scorched 22,744 acres, destroying homes and forcing hundreds to evacuate.

One firefighter also died battling the fire.

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