An Iowa woman died Sunday after she was struck by debris from an explosion at a gender reveal party, authorities said.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement the explosion took place at a residence in Knoxville, Iowa, around 4 p.m. Saturday during a party to announce the gender of an expecting couple’s baby.
Investigators say an explosion during the announcement caused the death of a 56-year-old woman when a “flying piece of debris” struck the victim.
Deputies arrived at the home to find the dead 56-year-old, whose name has not yet been released.
This is not the first gender reveal party gone wrong to make the news.
In 2017, an off-duty patrol officer’s gender reveal stunt caused a wildfire which spread through 47,000 acres of brush.
The officer, Dennis Dickey, pleaded guilty in September 2018 to a misdemeanor for violating U.S. Forest Service regulations and received a sentence of five years’ probation as part of his plea deal.
Dickey also had to pay over $8 million in fines to the federal government and agreed to partake in a public service announcement explaining how the wildfire started.