Gender Reveal Party Sets Off Explosion Felt Two Miles Away

KFBK Radio in Sacramento reports that a second explosion from a gender reveal party, similar to the one that killed a 56-year-old grandmother last month in Marion County, Iowa occurred one day later and was felt as far as two miles away.

According to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, 911 dispatch received a call at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, of an explosion that happened in the 3200 block of Ute Avenue.

In a statement released by Waukee Fire Department Chief, Tommie Tysdal, that according to the property owner, the kit legally set off by a rifle because the address was outside Waukee city limits. 

The first incident which happened on Saturday, October 26th, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a woman who had been injured by shrapnel from a homemade gender reveal kit that was set off near Knoxville Iowa.  

The woman, Pamela Kreimeyer, 56, who had been standing almost 50 feet away from the explosive device, had been struck by flying shrapnel. Emergency Crews arrived and declared Kreimeyer dead at the scene.  More shrapnel from the improvised device was found more than 100 feet away. The significant difference between the two devices is that the one which killed Kreimeyer was made similarly to a pipe bomb. 

Tysdale told reporters from the Des Moines Register that in either case, when dealing with explosives a great deal of caution should be used.

“This is just a reminder that you should never ever make your own explosives, and if you are using one of these commercial devices, follow all manufacturer’s instructions and take every safety precaution necessary,” he said.

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