Homes in the Kingston, New Hampshire area were rocked by a mysterious explosion last Thursday around 7 pm. It was the blast heard around the county and even all the way in Massachusetts some 20 miles away! The boom shattered windows and even cracked the foundations of some homes as residents trembled at the sound. Some believed it was an earthquake while others feared some kind of attack was underway. Doorbell cameras in the next town over even captured the crazy event.
“We heard this god-awful blast,” one resident said. “It knocked pictures off our walls.”
By the time the dust had settled social media was ablaze while Kingston PD was inundated with frantic phone calls. Chief Donald Briggs said the blast happened at the secluded Torromeo Industries quarry which certainly raised some eyebrows.
The cause of the explosion? A large 80-pound helping of the explosive known as Tannerite loaded with packs of blue chalk. Tannerite, which is legal in all 50 states, produces an explosion that is a little less potent than a stick of dynamite. That still didn't stop the makeshift bomb from causing some panic.
An unknown local man had detonated the large stockpile of explosives and willingly turned himself in to police without a fight. Luckily no one was hurt. When it became clear that the man wasn't a threat, the reasoning behind the scary stunt was unbelievable.
Nope, this man wasn't some kind of homegrown terrorist or pyro tech but a soon-to-be dad celebrating his child's gender reveal party. Yep, that's right. 80 pounds of explosives for a child's gender reveal party. The child's gender was revealed to be a boy, so you can only imagine the large blue mushroom cloud that was made in his honor.
As happy as the man may be, residents in the area were less than enthusiastic at the news. Some homes suffered structural damages while other residents say that their drinking water has been contaminated by the blast disrupting water wells.
“Are you kidding me?” said local Matt Taglieri. “I’m all up for silliness and whatnot, but that was extreme.”
Though charges have not been filed against the man it is understood that he detonated the Tannerite in the quarry with the company's permission.
This fiasco in New Hampshire is only the latest in a string of destructive gender reveal parties over the past few years. One party caused a raging wildfire in Southern California in 2020 that claimed the life of a firefighter while another in Mexico resulted in a deadly plane crash.
Maybe it's time people tone down the theatrics, leave the explosives at home and just stick to the cake and party favors.