Tragedies at Gender Reveal Parties

Araby Scott, Contributor

Jenna Karvunidis, the creator of the gender reveal party, revealed the gender of her baby by cutting into a cake reaving either or pink or blue frosting. Over the years expecting parents have strived to one up each other and create the most unique way to reveal the gender of the baby. It seems as if expecting parents have done it all from a choreographed dance to an alligator biting into a colored slime filled watermelon. Majority of the time gender reveals are a wholesome time between family and friends, but sometimes they end in tragedy.

A local case of was Dennis Dickey’s party in April of 2017. In the Tucson, Arizona desert Dickey shot at box filled with blue dust, he goal was to reveal that he was having a boy, he ended up starting the Sawmill fire. According to the Department of Justice, “Dickey had placed Tannerite, a highly explosive substance, inside the target, intending for it to detonate when shot by a high-velocity firearm bullet. Dickey fired shots at the Tannerite target, ultimately causing an explosion that started a fire that spread and resulted in damage to more than 45,000 acres of land managed by the State of Arizona, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and various private landholders.” On September, 28th Dickey pled guilty to, a “misdemeanor violation of U.S. Forest Service.” Dickey was ordered to pay $8 million and serve five years probation.

The most notorious gender reveal tragedy hails from Knoxville Iowa. A couple accidentally created a pipe bomb, in an attempt to make a homemade confetti explosive. When the couple set off the accidental pipe bomb a piece of shrapnel hit fifty-six year old Pamela Kreimeyer, in the head. The Kreimeyer was pronounced dead shortly after impact. A statement from the reads “Our investigation showed that members of the Kreimeyer family were experimenting with different types of explosive material on Friday and Saturday in an attempt to record a gender reveal that could be posted on social media for friends and family.”

In Bordman Ohio, a baby shower hosted at an Applebee’s ended in a fight between the twenty guests and the staff. The guests had produced quite a mess with confetti and were politely asked to help clean it up, they refused to do so. Then party then was asked to move outside, and upon doing so they threw blue confetti on the cars and sidewalk outside the restaurant. A few of them hurled menus at their hostess, the manger called the police and the party left the Applebee’s without paying their bill. A spokesman for the Applebee’s franchise expressed, “The safety of our guests and team members is our top priority. This is an unfortunate incident, and we are looking into what happened to determine next steps.”

Jenna Karvunidis has mixed feelings about the original article she wrote, popularizing the gender reveal party. She tweeted about it, “Literally — guns firing, forest fires, more emphasis on gender than has ever been necessary for a baby.”



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