Sheriff: Gender reveal party explosion was a stunt gone awry


"The investigation determined that a gender reveal announcement resulted in the explosion, which caused debris to strike the victim", the sheriff's statement said.

Back in 2018, a US Border Patrol agent was found to have started a 47,000-acre wildfire that caused approximately $12 million in damage to property when attempting to undertake a gender reveal using a gun and Tannerite, an explosive compound often used as a shooting target.

56-year-old Pamela Kreimeyer was killed at the party in Knoxville, Iowa on Saturday (October 26) after being hit by falling debris from an explosion, which was meant to be blue or pink to signify the baby's gender.

Just after 4 p.m. Saturday, deputies said they responded to 2079 180th Avenue in rural Knoxville for a report of woman seriously hurt in an explosion.

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Police said those struck by the ambulance included a woman with a stroller and an elderly couple. It is believed police are searching for another person who may have been involved.

They drilled a hole in the side of the stand to install a fuse and placed a piece of wood on top of the gunpowder, before adding colored powder indicating the baby's gender, the statement said.

Tape was then wrapped over the top of the metal tubing, inadvertently creating a pipe bomb.

Pamela Kreimeyer, 56, was struck in the head.

On Saturday afternoon five family members and the expectant mother gathered and placed gunpowder in the bottom of a homemade stand that was welded to a metal base plate.

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The Marion County Sheriff's Office could not reveal any further information when PEOPLE reached out for comment.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Toacco and Firearms is involved in the investigation, news station WBNS reported.

The tragic accident happened at a gender-reveal party.

As gender reveal parties become more elaborate, so too do the risks.

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