Iowa Woman Killed After Being Struck By Shrapnel In Exploding Gender Reveal

Police tape at a crime scene.

An Iowa woman was killed this weekend after being struck by shrapnel from an exploding gender reveal, police say.

The incident took place on Saturday afternoon in the town of Knoxville, which is close to 40 miles southeast of Des Moines. As the USA Today reported, the 56-year-old woman was severely injured the explosion sent shrapnel that struck her body. She was pronounced dead by the time police arrived on the scene.

Gender reveals have become a popular way for pregnant women to share with friends and family the gender of their unborn baby. These parties have often taken on extravagant measures, with some using explosions that give off clouds of blue or pink smoke to show what gender the baby will be.

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