Gender reveal party goes terribly wrong: Accidental pipe bomb kills US woman

Gender reveal party goes terribly wrong: Accidental pipe bomb kills US woman

Gender reveal party goes terribly wrong: Accidental pipe bomb kills US woman

Jenna Karvunidis, 39, explained that in 2008 she had baked a cake with pink icing inside to reveal the gender of her daughter to her friends and family, never realising that her concept would be replicated and taken to extremes by others.

Investigators determined that an explosion during the gender reveal announcement caused the woman's death.

A statement from Sandholdt said that the family had gotten together for what should have been a happy event.

The parties have increased in popularity in the last decade, particularly in the United States, as parents reveal the gender of their unborn child to friends and relatives, often with some kind of stunt.

That's what the Kreimeyer family had planned for.

They spent Friday and Saturday preparing for the moment, according to law enforcement.

'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, ' the sheriff's statement said. "A hole had been drilled in the side for a fuse, a piece of wood was placed on top of the gunpowder and colored powder was placed on top of the board".

But when the family members placed tape over the top of the metal tubing, they inadvertently created a pipe bomb, authorities said.

Instead, the blast sent debris flying - hitting the woman and severely wounding her. A piece of metal struck Pamela Kreimeyer in the head before landing in a nearby field, according to the sheriff's department.

The explosion remains under investigation.

"This is a reminder that any time someone mixes these things there is a high potential for serious injury or death".

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