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Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: October 28, 2019 05:58PM
[eu.desmoinesregister.com]

A family intending to create a "gender reveal" spectacle put gunpowder in a homemade contraption, expecting to blow some colored powder skyward, authorities said.

But instead, the device functioned essentially as a pipe bomb, and shrapnel from the explosion killed one of the celebrating relatives Saturday, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office in central Iowa.

"Gender reveal parties" have become increasingly popular and more elaborate over the past decade. Families have crafted ambitious plans to publicly announce the biological sex of a soon-to-be-born child, often unveiling visually striking pink or blue materials and publicizing the revelation on social media.

Iowa authorities released details Monday about what happened over the weekend, along with the name of the victim of the accident outside a home in rural Knoxville.

Pamela Kreimeyer, 56, was killed instantly around 4 p.m. Saturday when metal debris struck her in the head, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Family members had started experimenting the day before with various explosive materials, investigators said.

Six people, including Kreimeyer and the expectant mother, gathered Saturday and put gunpowder inside a homemade stand that was welded to a metal base.

They put a piece of wood on top of the gunpowder and some powder of an unspecified color on top of that. The stand had a hole drilled in the side for a fuse.

Finally, tape was wrapped over the top of the assembly. The idea was for the gunpowder to blast the powder indicating a boy or girl out the top of the stand.

But the explosion instead sent metal shrapnel flying. Kreimeyer — who was standing with family members about 45 feet away — was struck and killed, the news release said. The debris continued flying for well over 100 more yards, the sheriff's office said.

"This family got together for what they thought was going to be a happy event with no intent for anyone to get hurt," Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said in a written statement. "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."

Sandholdt said the risks of the ingredients for the cannon weren't worth it: "This is a reminder that anytime someone mixes these things, there is a high potential for serious injury or death; please do not take these unnecessary risks. My condolences go out to the family."

Family members declined to comment Sunday. The sheriff's office did not identify any of the other people present during the explosion.

An investigation continues. The sheriff's office declined to say whether criminal charges are being considered.




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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: October 28, 2019 06:09PM
A gender-reveal event has to be one of the stupidest family “events” ever.



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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 28, 2019 06:16PM
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ka jowct
A gender-reveal event has to be one of the stupidest family “events” ever.

agree smiley



“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”
-- François de La Rochefoucauld
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: October 28, 2019 06:24PM
Next time: A card in an envelope.

Works every time. Very few fatalities.



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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: October 28, 2019 06:28PM
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ka jowct
A gender-reveal event has to be one of the stupidest family “events” ever.

One more dimension of the selfie/look-at-me culture that afflicts the world these days...







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/28/2019 06:29PM by Yoyodyne ArtWorks.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: wowzer
Date: October 28, 2019 06:31PM
Boy, that really blows.



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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: tronnei
Date: October 28, 2019 06:51PM
Boy or girl?
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: October 28, 2019 07:04PM
Darwin Award nominees? - Best Performance by an Ensemble
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: mattkime
Date: October 28, 2019 07:06PM
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Sarcany
Next time: A card in an envelope.

Works every time. Very few fatalities.

the paper cuts can be debilitating.







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/28/2019 07:07PM by mattkime.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: btfc
Date: October 28, 2019 07:10PM
"Oh, mother, don't be so sentimental. Things explode every day."

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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 28, 2019 07:23PM
The woman obviously deserved to die, having the temerity to attend a party deemed silly by superior beings.

Maybe one day one of your family members will make an innocuous mistake that will cost their life and we can all have a laugh.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: October 28, 2019 07:30PM
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RAMd®d
The woman obviously deserved to die, having the temerity to attend a party deemed silly by superior beings.

Maybe one day one of your family members will make an innocuous mistake that will cost their life and we can all have a laugh.

huh smiley

in·noc·u·ous - adjective
not harmful or offensive

"Six people, including Kreimeyer and the expectant mother, gathered Saturday and put gunpowder inside a homemade stand that was welded to a metal base."
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 28, 2019 07:52PM
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DeusxMac
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RAMd®d
The woman obviously deserved to die, having the temerity to attend a party deemed silly by superior beings.

Maybe one day one of your family members will make an innocuous mistake that will cost their life and we can all have a laugh.

huh smiley

in·noc·u·ous - adjective
not harmful or offensive

"Six people, including Kreimeyer and the expectant mother, gathered Saturday and put gunpowder inside a homemade stand that was welded to a metal base."

Agreed, hardly innocuous.



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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: October 28, 2019 08:25PM
Making an “event” of something like this sounds like something that a demented, rogue wedding planner dreamed up. Geez.



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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 29, 2019 12:11AM
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Sarcany
Next time: A card in an envelope.

Works every time. Very few fatalities.

I dunno... there was this one card I received from an ex... after hooking up with her twin sister... if cards could kill...



It is what it is.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: Racer X
Date: October 29, 2019 01:15AM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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Sarcany
Next time: A card in an envelope.

Works every time. Very few fatalities.

I dunno... there was this one card I received from an ex... after hooking up with her twin sister... if cards could kill...

can you scan it and post it here for us?
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 29, 2019 01:59AM
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Racer X
Quote
N-OS X-tasy!
Quote
Sarcany
Next time: A card in an envelope.

Works every time. Very few fatalities.

I dunno... there was this one card I received from an ex... after hooking up with her twin sister... if cards could kill...

can you scan it and post it here for us?

Oh, it's long gone - this is back from my college days.

However, imagine an all black matte finish greeting card with black glossy raised letters on the front in a slashing font that read "@#$%& YOU."

The inside of the card was also all black, so no inscription was possible... but then again, none was necessary.



It is what it is.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 29, 2019 06:32AM
.....think when you start working with dangerous material like 'gun powder'.....one should step back and say 'Have I gone too far?'.......??



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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: testcase
Date: October 29, 2019 06:33AM
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Ombligo
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ka jowct
A gender-reveal event has to be one of the stupidest family “events” ever.

agree smiley


Especially since, some years later "it" may well choose to be something other that what its' birth decreed.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: 3d
Date: October 29, 2019 08:13AM
If it was a big party, sure make it fun and exciting for the guests. Balloons, confetti, pipe bomb, beer, etc.
It was 6 people. dunno smiley
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: Sam3
Date: October 29, 2019 08:18AM
They evidently packed a lot of gun powder in it to be deadly at 45 feet. (That's how far the lady was standing away from the explosive.)
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 29, 2019 08:23AM
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Sam3
They evidently packed a lot of gun powder in it to be deadly at 45 feet. (That's how far the lady was standing away from the explosive.)

And some of the debris flew a hundred yards away. Idiots and explosives.



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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: 3d
Date: October 29, 2019 08:24AM
After striking and killing the woman the shrapnel traveled another 400 ft. The length of a football field. Yeesh.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 29, 2019 10:06AM
"This family got together for what they thought was going to be a happy event with no intent for anyone to get hurt," Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said in a written statement.


And yet some ass-holes feel this is joke material.

Some disgusting examples of human spirit.

I often wonder if people like you have suffered some tragedy making you bitter, or just haven't suffered enough.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: October 29, 2019 11:09AM
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RAMd®d
"This family got together for what they thought was going to be a happy event with no intent for anyone to get hurt," Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said in a written statement.


And yet some ass-holes feel this is joke material.

Some disgusting examples of human spirit.

I often wonder if people like you have suffered some tragedy making you bitter, or just haven't suffered enough.

Self-inflicted wounds and the concept of taking responsibility for one’s own decisions and actions seem apposite here.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 29, 2019 11:36AM
Self-inflicted wounds and the concept of taking responsibility for one’s own decisions and actions seem apposite here.


And that's not what any of this is about, and you know it.

'Self-inflicted' wounds reads as though they were deliberate, where 'accidentally self-inflected wounds' is more accurate, in this case.

Taking responsibility is not the same as assigning responsibility.

It's about assigning blame and feeling entitlement to make jokes.

That's what this is about.

Nothing I said absolves responsibility of the concerned party attendees.

The subtext of the thread is extremely disappointing.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 29, 2019 12:22PM
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tronnei
Boy or girl?
Girl. So the net effect on the population was zero. /s
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: October 29, 2019 12:42PM
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RAMd®d
Self-inflicted wounds and the concept of taking responsibility for one’s own decisions and actions seem apposite here.


And that's not what any of this is about, and you know it.

'Self-inflicted' wounds reads as though they were deliberate, where 'accidentally self-inflected wounds' is more accurate, in this case.

Taking responsibility is not the same as assigning responsibility.

It's about assigning blame and feeling entitlement to make jokes.

That's what this is about.

Nothing I said absolves responsibility of the concerned party attendees.

The subtext of the thread is extremely disappointing.

Thou doth protest too much, methinks.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 29, 2019 12:53PM
Thou doth protest too much, methinks.

Methinks you should rethink, and much more clearly.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: wave rider
Date: October 29, 2019 04:17PM
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Ombligo
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ka jowct
A gender-reveal event has to be one of the stupidest family “events” ever.

agree smiley

agree smiley

It is very sad someone was killed.



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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: October 29, 2019 04:28PM
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RAMd®d
Thou doth protest too much, methinks.

Methinks you should rethink, and much more clearly.

Reasonable people can disagree.
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Re: Woman killed at gender reveal by device that was a pipe bomb
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: October 29, 2019 07:07PM
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wave rider
Quote
Ombligo
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ka jowct
A gender-reveal event has to be one of the stupidest family “events” ever.

agree smiley

agree smiley

It is very sad someone was killed.

Yes. You can text this info with emoji balloons and no one gets killed, unless maybe they look at your text while driving or crossing a street.



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