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Iowa Community In Mourning After Woman Is Killed During Gender Reveal Party Explosion

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Pamela Kreimeyer from Marion County, Iowa was tragically killed Saturday during a gender reveal party. The party involved a large, explosion-based reveal which sent an unexpected piece of debris flying into the gathered crowd.

The Daily Iowegian reports that the 56-year-old grandmother was struck with the debris and pronounced dead at the scene by police, who arrived shortly thereafter. It is believed she was killed instantly.

The party took place in Knoxville, “about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines.”

The incident is now being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

The agency is also responsible for industrial and recreational explosives.

According to a statement provided to Buzzfeed News, Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said:

“This family got together for what they thought was going to be a happy event with no intent for anyone to get hurt.”

“What ended up happening was that Pamela Kreimeyer, a wife, mother and grandmother was killed by a piece of metal where a metal stand, gunpowder and colored powder were involved.”

Kreimeyer as well as the expectant mother and four others gathered Saturday to experiment with different explosives ising gunpowder. The plan was to create an attention getting video for social media.

The group “inadvertently” created a pipe bomb according to Sheriff Sandholt.

Despite the group standing 45 feet away from the explosion, a metal fragment struck Kreimeyer in the head then flew an estimated 140 feet further. Injuries to any other participants were not reported by the Sheriff’s office.

No criminal charges are currently pending, but the incident is in the early stages of investigation. 

Gender reveals have become increasingly complicated and correspondingly dangerous over the past couple of years as people attempt to one up each other on social media.

Occasionally, as in the case of a viral smack to the crotch or broken ankle, the results are relatively harmless.

But sometimes the results can be far more serious.

A gender-reveal gone wrong started a wildfire in Arizona last October, causing over $8 million in damages.

When dealing with explosives of any sort—which include fireworks—safety is always the most important thing to consider. And no amateur should experiment with gunpowder.

But if you’re using those explosives in a gender reveal party…

…maybe take a second…

…step back…

…and consider whether some balloons in a box might not achieve the same effect without putting anyone’s safety at risk.

Or maybe wait and let children reveal their own gender when they’re ready, instead of labeling them before they’re even born.

Are injuries, arrests, arson charges and even death really worth it to make sure the color of baby gifts match outdated gender stereotypes?

More and more people are calling for an end to gender reveal spectacles.

Kreimeyer’s relationship to the family of the expectant mother was unclear in the statement made by authorities.

May Pamela Kreimeyer rest in peace.


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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--