Recording unique ways to announce your child’s gender has become the thing to do recently. We have seen people go as simple as blowing up a few blue or pink balloons, while others have spiced it up by hitting a baseball filled with either pink or blue powder. Sadly, one recent gender reveal party resulted in a woman losing her life.
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The Kreimeyer family spent all day Friday and Saturday setting up the event. Friends and family from all over Iowa showed up. The family wanted to create something memorable for social media, so they began experimenting with different ways for the colored smoke to explode.
According to the Washinton Post, the family built a metal stand to hold the gender reveal colored dust. Then they drilled and inserted a fuse that they could light for the big reveal.
Finally, they put tape over the top where the colored smoke was supposed to exit. Unfortunately, they “inadvertently created a pipe bomb,” according to authorities.
With the party set to take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, friends and family gathered around. When it was time for the big moment, the fuse was lit, only it didn’t go off. Instead, an explosion rocked the surrounding area.
Pamela Kreimeyer, who was the unborn child’s grandmother, died instantly after a piece of metal shrapnel from the explosion hit her in the head. The 56-year-old was about 45 ft. away from the blast site.
According to Sky News, debris from the explosion landed over 400 ft away in a nearby neighboring field.
Sheriff Jason Sandholdt gave his initial assessment of the situation. “This family got together for what they thought was going to be a happy event with no intent for anyone to get hurt.”
“This is a reminder that anytime someone mixes these things there is a high potential for serious injury or death. Please do not take these risks,” Sandholdt said in a statement. “My condolences go out to the family.”