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Gender reveal parties may be quickly fading in today’s world where gender dysphoria is so widely accepted, where transgender and gender-nonconforming people are given much respect, but it’s fair to say that a New Hampshire couple did their part to ensure that reveal parties go off with a bang.
As in 80 lbs. of tannerite, an over-the-counter, explosive target used for firearms practice, detonating at once.
A massive explosion that was reportedly felt in nearby Massachusetts and even in Maine, was reported to the Kingston Police Department early Tuesday.
Turns out, the explosion took place at a Kingston quarry, and it rattled homes and windows within a 20-mile radius, according to the Union Leader.
Kingston Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. told the newspaper the family’s use of the explosive to reveal the gender of their baby could have been dangerous.
“Obviously, depending on the amount (of explosives) they were using, it could be extremely dangerous,” Briggs said.
For what it’s worth, it’s a boy — which may be fitting. At least to those who still accept the outdated thinking that there are but two genders, boy or girl. And that while boys are made of snips and snails, and puppy-dogs’ tails, girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice.
The Leader reported that a gender reveal celebration last year resulted in a massive wildfire in California that resulted in a firefighter’s death. In February, a New York man died after a device he was building to reveal the gender of his baby exploded, and just two weeks earlier, a Michigan man was killed when he was hit by shrapnel from a cannon fired at a gender reveal party. More recently, two pilots died last month when their plane crashed during a stunt they were performing for a gender reveal.
There were no injuries from Tuesday’s explosion and no charges have been filed, but an investigation is underway.
In addition to windows, the blast also rattled a few residents.
“We live in a four-family townhouse in Plaistow, and it shook our house so bad that we thought someone drove into our building. The kids all scrambled, saying ‘earthquake,’ before asking me what it was,” Amy Owen told the paper.
Another Plaistow resident, Maggie Jasmin, said her tap water suddenly turned brown after the explosion.
Much, much closer to the scene, Sara Taglieri lives in a home that abuts the quarry.
“We heard this god-awful blast,” Taglieri told NBC Boston. “It knocked pictures off our walls.”
Kingston resident Tina Bouraphael said the shockwave shook her home’s foundation, causing multiple cracks.
“I just caught it at the end. It was just a big ‘boom, crack,’” Bouraphael said. “It was very loud. It just shook my whole porch.”
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
It’s a good thing it wasn’t twins.
— pizzagirl_1999 (@pizzagirl_1999) April 22, 2021
A gender reveal at a quarry lmao
— Pacifico Soldati ✌️❤️🕉🏳️🌈 (@TheOceanWithAnO) April 22, 2021
True. Probably only need half a pound of Tannerite for one of them.
— Seal of Disapproval (@sealofdis) April 22, 2021
They did that for the family members that live in a 20 mile radius who couldn’t make it🤣🤣🤣
— MrsJBW43 (@jennab919) April 23, 2021
— BirchBlaze (@BirchBlaze) April 21, 2021
They will have to name him Rocky!😉
— Nags Head Native (@nofussybird) April 22, 2021
Future Darwin Award winner?
— AtomicAJ74 (@AtomicAj74) April 23, 2021
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