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As parents expect them to race to outdo each other in their dramatic and often explosive ways of revealing the sex of their next baby, injuries and even deaths are increasing. Four people have died in the past year at such revelation parties.
Residents of the city of Kingston, New Hampshire, took a sharp shock Tuesday night after an explosion rocked their community. Some thought it was an earthquake, according to NBC Boston, as the rumble was felt at least 20 miles away in northern Massachusetts. However, after forecasters confirmed that there had been no obvious seismic activity, people started looking for other possibilities.
It was soon discovered that the source of the shaking had been a huge explosion of Tannerite, an explosive used in target practice, in a nearby quarry. An unnamed family had used the boom as a dramatic way to reveal the gender of their intended baby, said local police, who saw footage from the incident.
“It made the earth tremble,” said an NBC resident. Another noted that the shaking had caused images to fall off its walls, and a third reported that another neighbor had experienced cracks in the foundation of their home.
“It was ridiculous,” said one woman. “I have no other words to describe it.”
“Obviously, depending on the amount [of explosives] they were using, it could be extremely dangerous, “Kingston Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. told the New Hampshire union leader, noting that the allegations could stem from the incident.
Revelation parties like this have become increasingly popular in recent years, although the rush to produce the most shocking and impressive revelations has led to destruction and even death. Four have died in the past year during gender revelations, including two who died in February when their plane crashed in Cancun, Mexico while performing a stunt to reveal their child’s assigned gender.
The El Dorado Fire in California that raged from September to November 2020 is locally called the Gender Reveal Fire having been triggered by a pyrotechnic device intended to release colored smoke that would reveal the child’s assigned gender. One person died in the fire, which caused more than $ 8 million in damage and destroyed approximately 22,700 acres. Another in 2017 sparked the sawmill fire that burned 46,000 acres in Arizona.