80lb explosion from gender reveal party in New Hampshire shakes homes up to 20 miles away
A massive blast from gender reveal party that involved 80lbs of explosives sparked fears of an earthquake when it shook entire towns on the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border.
Police in Kingston, a New Hampshire town not far from the Massachusetts border, received a flurry of 911 calls from terrified homeowners following a loud explosion Tuesday evening.
They responded to Torromeo quarry where they found a family who acknowledged holding a gender reveal party with 80lbs of the Tannerite explosive, which is sold over the counter for use in firearms practice.
The explosives were set off with blue chalk to announce a baby boy, according to police.
The shockwaves caused by the gender reveal explosion were so strong that this video doorbell visibly shook
Residents who live near the property claim that the explosion was so powerful that it has caused structural damage to the foundations of their properties
The force of the explosion was so large that its shockwave could be felt over state lines in Massachusetts
The person responsible for purchasing and setting off the explosives turned themselves into police and is cooperating with the investigation.
Police have not released their name and would not confirm to DailyMail.com if they will face any charges.
Police said the family thought the quarry would be the safest spot to blow up the material.
They are believed to have had permission from the quarry owners to be there.
Residents had complained that the foundations to their homes were damaged after the shockwaves rattled properties within a 20-mile radius of the Torromeo quarry.
The force of the explosion, which was felt in towns as far off as Massachusetts, led some to speculate that the rumblings had been caused by an earthquake.
Nearby residents said the blast rocked their homes. Some reported property damage, NBC 10 Boston reports.
‘We heard this god-awful blast,’ Sara Taglieri, who lives in a home that abuts the quarry, told the television station.
Cops in Kingston, a New Hampshire town not far from the Massachusetts border, received a flurry of 911 calls from terrified homeowners after shockwaves rattled properties within a 20-mile radius of the Torromeo quarry
Law enforcement experts say 80 pounds of Tannerite is enough to cause substantial damage to a house. Pictured: Kingston Police Department
Officers in Kingston, a town not far from the Massachusetts border, received reports of a loud explosion on Tuesday evening around 7pm. They responded to Torromeo quarry (pictured) where they found people who acknowledged they were holding a gender reveal party with explosives
‘It knocked pictures off our walls … I’m all up for silliness and whatnot, but that was extreme.’
Ms Taglieri’s husband, Matt, told the TV station that neighbors reported cracks in the foundation of their homes.
Kingston Fire Chief Graham Pellerin said the fire department had responded to one report of a cracked foundation and that there had been no other signs of damage to the house.
Authorities are currently investigating other reports of cracked foundations.
While 20 miles north of the quarry, in Epping, Heidi Jordan had been preparing food on a grill when she heard the explosion a a ‘deep rumble’, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.
‘I thought for a second that maybe a large dump truck had gone off the road and struck a tree.
‘I also considered that it may have been another minor earthquake,’ she said.
While Kristen Lockard, who lives in East Hampstead, was having dinner with friends in East Kingston when the explosion went off.
Tina Bouraphael (pictured) said that the shockwave from the explosion was so strong that =it shook her home and claimed it had damaged the foundations of her property
The person who purchased and detonated the explosives has turned himself into police but has not been identified. Pictured: A view of the Torromeo quarry
What is Tannerite?
Tannerite is an over-the-counter explosive target sold in kit form used for firearms practice.
It is known as a binary explosive because the two components that make it are not explosive on their own.
It is made by mixing aluminum powder with ammonium nitrate.
Law enforcement experts say 80 pounds of Tannerite is enough to cause substantial damage to a house.
Tannerite is popular for use in target practise because of the loud noise it makes.
It also produces a puff of smoke upon being struck by a bullet.
She said it: ‘Sounded like one big boom and the house shook and the windows rattled. It lasted only three seconds.’
Video footage obtained by CBSN Boston showed the effects of the blast on buildings within the shockwave radius, with a smart doorbell visibly shaking as a result of the blast.
Additionally, some local residents claim that their tap water has turned brown following the explosion, with Maggie Jasmin, from Plaistow, and her family now choosing to drink from bottles instead, New Hampshire Union-Leader reports.
She said she discovered the water had changed colour yesterday morning when she went to get a glass of water.
Living just two miles from the quarry, Maggie also said that the only other time the water turned brown for a brief period was last year during construction work down the road.
Police are investigating reports of property damage and are considering whether to file charges.
No injuries were reported but officers said they had seen a video of the reveal which showed the child was a boy, NBC Boston reports.
Police said an investigation is ongoing.
The enormous explosion is just another example in a series of dangerous gender reveal parties.
Last month, two pilots, who were releasing a pink substance in the sky for a reveal party, were killed when they crashed into the sea just off Cancun, Mexico
Last month, two pilots, who were releasing a sign in the sky for a reveal party, were killed when they crashed into the sea just off Cancun, Mexico.
The expectant couple and their guests were filming the small propeller plane from a boat and were heard shouting, ‘It’s a girl,’ before shrieking in horror as the aircraft plunged into the Nichupte lagoon.
The Cessna 206 had made a swooping turn over the party boat with a sign to reveal that the couple were having a baby girl on Tuesday afternoon.
But after the aircraft moved through the apex of its turn, it appeared to rapidly lose power and fell headlong towards the water amid cries of terror from the spectating party.
Emergency services rushed to the plane where they found the pilot and co-pilot inside. One of the pilots died during the rescue effort, while the other died as paramedics provided first aid on dry land.
In another incident, in February, a 28-year-old father-to-be was killed in New York after a device he was building for his child’s gender revel party exploded.
Christopher Pekny was assembling the device, said to include a pipe, in the garage of his home in the Catskills town of Liberty when it blew up.
State Police responded to reports of an explosion at 11:55am and arrived to find Christopher dead at the scene.
His 27-year-old brother Michael Pekny was also hurt in the blast. He was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries to his legs but is expected to survive.
Last year, 7,000 acres of land suffered fire damage as a result of a smoke machine used during a gender reveal party.
While back in April 2017, an off-duty US border patrol agent caused $8million of damage to 47,000 acres of land by shooting a blue-coloured explosive.