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Man Is Killed In Gender Reveal Party Gone Wrong

Gregory Robinson

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Man Is Killed In Gender Reveal Party Gone Wrong

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A man in Michigan in the US has died after an explosion during a gender reveal party.

The 26-year-old was killed when the "small cannon device" that was being used for the big reveal exploded, spraying metal shrapnel that struck the unidentified man who was standing nearby, AP reports.

A man in Michigan in the US has died after an explosion during a gender reveal party (Credit: Unsplash)
A man in Michigan in the US has died after an explosion during a gender reveal party (Credit: Unsplash)

The man was rushed to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where he later died of his injuries.

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The garage where the baby shower took place and three parked cars were also struck by shrapnel.

This is not the first time a baby shower has ended with unexpected consequences. In 2017, a gender reveal in Arizona led to a 47,000-acre Sawmill wildfire after Border Patrol Agent Dennis Dickey revealed the sex of his baby by shooting a target that was filled with either pink or blue powder and an explosive substance called Tannerite.

The wildfire led to $8 million (£5,810,200) in damages.

The 26-year-old was killed after a
The 26-year-old was killed after a
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In September last year, a "smoke-generating pyrotechnic device" ignited a wildfire that destroyed thousands of acres at El Dorado Ranch Park.

Following the fire and all the damaged it caused, people called for gender reveal parties to be banned.

In 2019, a woman from Iowa died at a gender reveal party due to flying debris from an explosion from a covered cylinder containing gun powder.

Gender reveal parties are a modern 'invention' that became popular in the US in the late 2000s. Expectant parents host elaborate parties for their friends and families and often involve parents-to-be cutting open a cake to see if it's blue or pink inside, or popping large balloons filled with pink or blue confetti.

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Examples of the earliest gender reveal parties can be found on YouTube from 2008 and 2009.

Gender reveal parties are a modern 'invention' that became popular in the US in the late 2000s (Credit: Pexels)
Gender reveal parties are a modern 'invention' that became popular in the US in the late 2000s (Credit: Pexels)

Jenna Karvunidis, who describes herself as a law student, mom and 'that gender reveal lady' in her Twitter bio is largely credited as being the woman who popularised gender reveal parties.

In 2008 she posted her own cake-themed gender reveal party on her blog, High Gloss and Sauce.

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In the years that followed, Instagram influencers, YouTubers and Pintrest users have made gender reveal parties even more extravagant.

Examples of the earliest gender reveal parties can be found on YouTube from 2008 and 2009 (Credit: Unsplash)
Examples of the earliest gender reveal parties can be found on YouTube from 2008 and 2009 (Credit: Unsplash)

In 2019, Jenna later expressed regret at having helped start the gender reveal party trend, seeing how far some had taken the trend.

Topics: Life News, News

Gregory Robinson
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