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Iowa woman killed in gender-reveal 'pipe bomb' explosion is identified

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Noel Elliott | 29 October, 2019, 00:26

Kreimeyer, believed to be the baby's grandmother, was standing 45 feet from the explosion but instantly died when she was struck with debris, causing "instant death".

The incident occurred Saturday afternoon at a home in Knoxville, about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines, according to a statement from the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The office said family members used gunpowder to create a homemade stand that was supposed to blow colorful powder indicating the child's sex, but tape over the top of the metal tubing inadvertently created a pipe bomb that sent shrapnel flying, The Associated Press reported.

The projectile that struck her continued 144 yards farther through the air and landed in a field, the statement said.

Kreimeyer was killed instantly, police said.

The woman was at a party for a couple to announce the gender of the baby they are expecting, sheriff's officials said.

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Milley could not confirm President Donald Trump's description of al-Baghdadi as "whimpering and crying" in his final moments. He added that it was Iran's help that pushed Baghdadi out of Iraq and into Idlib in Syria and allowed him to be located.

The explosion remains under investigation.

An investigation found that the "gender reveal" announcement resulted in an explosion, the sheriff's office told NBC News.

Gender-reveal parties have become increasingly elaborate in the past few years, with expectant parents going to great lengths to ensure the moment of reveal is as elaborate as possible.

"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". In Louisiana previous year, an expectant father wedged a melon containing blue goo into an alligator's jaws.

In Australia, where there's a trend to reveal gender via colored smoke from cars during burnouts, a number of vehicles have burst into flames during the stunts.

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