An Iowa woman is dead after a mysterious explosion killed her during a gender reveal surprise party.
CBS reports that the incident happened at a home on Saturday afternoon in Knoxville, Iowa, at around 4 p.m. A piece of debris hit a 56-year-old woman after an explosion happened. The victim died at the scene.
“[The explosion] “caused a flying piece of debris to strike the victim,” police wrote in a statement.
Details surrounding how the explosion happened have not yet been released, but this isn’t the first time bizarre accidents have happened at gender reveal parties.
According to the Arizona Daily Star, in 2018, another person died at a gender reveal party when a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot a rifle that caused a wildfire near Green Valley, Arizona. The agent shot a target that read “Boy or Girl.” The fire spread quickly, leading to hundreds of evacuations.
Gender reveal parties, which have gained popularity over the past several years, allow expectant couples to reveal the gender of a baby to their guests prior to birth. Typically, guests or even the parents of the child, learn the gender baby after a message is hidden inside a cake or a pinata, but people began getting more creative, resulting in accidents and now, a death.
In May 2018, a grandfather was hit in the face with a baseball that was supposed to explode and reveal a baby’s gender. In March 2018, a couple fed an alligator a watermelon filled with a blue substance.
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The woman’s identity has not yet been released. Check back for further updates.
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