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Explosion Cause Revealed: Gender Reveal Attempt Goes Very Wrong

Samantha Kemp-Jackson
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Event at New Hampshire quarry included the explosive Tannerite

On May 17, a New Hampshire man was charged in connection with a gender reveal explosion that literally shook various area towns in April. After turning himself in to police, Anthony Spinelli of Kingston has been charged with disorderly conduct. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had obtained a lawyer on his behalf and, at the time of the charge, was unreachable by phone.

So alarming was the explosion that numerous reports of an earthquake by worried citizens were cited by police. The explosions could be heard across state lines, according to Massachusetts residents (Kingston is about an hour away from Boston).The blast could be felt for 25 miles in every direction after it was detonated.   

Police responded to the reports by going to Torromeo quarry where a group of people were present. When questioned, they admitted to holding a gender reveal party.

After some investigation, the police determined that the source of the explosion was Tannerite — 80 pounds of it, law enforcement revealed. Tannerite is an over-the-counter explosive, which is usually as a target for firearms practice. Not surprisingly, people who lived in the immediate area of the blast said that the explosion rocked their homes. Some actually reported damage to their property as a result.

On the night of April 20, police in Kingston, which is close to the Massachusetts state line, and received calls about a loud and unexplained explosion. Some residents feared an earthquake had hit their town, as indicated by the calls to law enforcement.

“We heard this god-awful blast,” said Sara Taglieri, in an interview with NBC 10 Boston. Taglieri's home abuts the quarry.

“It knocked pictures off our walls ... I’m all up for silliness and what not, but that was extreme,” she continued.

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According to Taglieri’s husband, Matt, that neighbors reported cracks in the foundation of their homes as a result of the blast. Yet others complained that the explosion had damaged their water pipes and turned their drinking water brown.  

A flurry of 911 calls made to the local police revealed frightened residents who were trying to figure out what had happened.

"I just heard a very loud explosion- all my pictures have fallen,' one person who called told the police. 

Another can be heard saying "Oh my god, my heart is racing," telling the 911 operator that the blast had damaged the foundation of her home. 

Yet another caller was more succinct. "There was a humongous explosion.It rattled my house.'

Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

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The Rise in Popularity of 'Gender Reveal' Parties

According to Wikipedia, a "gender reveal party" is "a party held during pregnancy to reveal the baby's sex to the expectant parents, family, and friends. Prenatal sex discernment technology furnishes the necessary information." The popularity of this type of event is traced to the United States around the late 2000s.

While the incidences of gender reveal parties continue to grow, there are many who question the ultimate goal of such events, as well as the effects of them on the children. Such an outright show of excitement about binary choices - male and female - leave out others who may not relate to the two sexes.

As Alex Bollinger wrote in LGBTQ Nation, “Besides the level of self-indulgence required to throw a party just to celebrate one part of a fetus’s anatomy, this only seems like a foreboding sign of how much pressure these parents will put on their kid in the future to live up to gender stereotypes.”

Another parent who is against the gender reveal trend; Mary Anne McGrory revealed her dislike to HuffPost.“As a parent of a transgender child, I cringe at gender reveal parties.”

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Statistics: Males vs. Females

According to the Statistics Times and UN (World Population Prospects 2019), the ratio of males vs. females is as follows:

  • As of 2020, There are 3,929,973,953 or 3,930 billion or 3.930 million males in the world, representing 50.42% of the world population
  • The population of females in the world is estimated at 3,864,824,776 or 3,865 billion or 3.865 million, representing 49.58% of the world population
  • The world has 65,149,177 or 65.15 million more males than females

Gender Ratio in the World in 2020 is 101.69 males per 100 females

  • There were more females than males until 1957
  • In the world, the males to females ratio have increased from 99.692 in 1950 to at most 101.704 in 2011

The majority of countries and regions in the world have more females than males however the top two most populous countries China and India, have a higher male population with a margin.

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