Gender reveal party unleashes accidental pipe bomb – and goes terribly wrong

Gender reveal party unleashes accidental pipe bomb – and goes terribly wrong
Site of the "big reveal" in Knoxville, Iowa. CNN/KCCI video

[Ed. – I doubt there’s much of a downside if this fatal mishap ruins explosive gender reveal devices for the rest of us.  It would be nice if the federal government didn’t unconstitutionally step in to make a law (or worse, write a regulation) about it, however.  That’s what we have state governments for.]

Family members had hoped to build a contraption for a fun gender reveal party in Iowa, but they instead built an explosive device that killed a grandmother, police said Monday.

“This family got together for what they thought was going to be a happy event with no intent for anyone to get hurt,” Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said.

Pamela Kreimeyer, 56, was killed when a piece of shrapnel from the device struck her in the head at the Saturday soiree in rural Knoxville, about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines.

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Members of Kreimeyer’s family got together Friday to begin experimenting with “different types of explosive material” in hopes of creating a gender reveal device and recording the unveiling for friends and family on social media, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

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