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April 23, 2021, 3:06 p.m. EDT

Gender-reveal party using 80 pounds of explosives rattles New England town

By Associated Press

KINGSTON, N.H. — One New Hampshire family’s gender-reveal party was such a blast that it rattled towns, set off reports of an earthquake, and could be heard from across the state line, police said.

Police in Kingston, a town not far from the Massachusetts border, received reports of a loud explosion Tuesday evening. They responded to the Torromeo quarry, where they found people who acknowledged holding a gender-reveal party with explosives.

The source was Tannerite — 80 pounds of it, police said. The family thought the quarry would be the safest spot to blow up the explosive, which is typically sold over the counter as a target for firearms practice, police said.

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Nearby residents said the blast rocked their homes. Some reported property damage, NBC 10 Boston  reported.

“We heard this god-awful blast,” Sara Taglieri, who lives in a home that abuts the quarry, told the television station. “It knocked pictures off our walls. … I’m all up for silliness and what-not, but that was extreme.”

Taglieri’s husband, Matt, told the TV station that neighbors reported cracks in the foundation of their homes.

No injuries were reported, police said.

The person who purchased and detonated the explosives has turned himself in to police. He was not identified.

Police said that an investigation is ongoing and that a determination will be made on potential charges.

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