A gender-reveal party gone wrong led to the death of a woman in Iowa. Multiple reports claim that she died after taking a blow from an explosion at the event.
Marion County, Iowa’s sheriff’s office confirmed that the woman, aged 56, was pronounced dead at the Knoxville home where the party took place.
In gender-reveal parties, expecting parents unveil their unborn child’s. While some parents opt for confetti-filled piñatas or colored cakes, others have a knack for stunts or detonating devices. As gender-reveal parties continue to rise in popularity, methods of revealing an unborn child’s gender have crossed over to the extreme.
Authorities found that an explosion during the gender unveiling last Saturday caused the woman’s death, as per The Guardian. Pamela Kreimeye was killed by an explosive device that turned out to be a deadly pipe bomb. Shrapnel from the explosion struck and killed Kreimeye.
“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,” Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said in a statement.
One of the people who pioneered the practice told the Guardian back in July that gender-reveal methods need re-evaluation. Jenna Karvunidis also claimed that her daughter is defying gender norms and exploring gender as something that isn’t so black and white.
It is believed that gender-reveals became mainstream after Karvunidis baked a cake with pink icing to reveal her daughter’s gender to family and friends. Since then, Karvunidis’ innocent concept has been taken to extreme lengths.