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Update: It was a homemade pipe bomb that accidentally killed woman at gender reveal party


An Iowa woman was killed while attempting to participate in an explosive gender reveal announcement in Marion County over the weekend.

56-year-old Pamela Kreimeyer was killed after an attempt to created colored explosives went awry, sending shrapnel into Kreimeyer’s body.

Family members were around 45 feet away from the device, which was essentially a pipe bomb with colored powder, placing her well within the kill zone.

According to KCCI, the device was designed to create a spectacle that could be shared on social media.

The shrapnel killed the victim instantly, and the projectile travelled around 144 yards into the air before stopping.

“This family got together for what they thought was going to be a happy event with no intent for anyone to get hurt. 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.

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,” said Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt.

The incident is under investigation, and no charges have been filed at this time.

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