Explosion at gender reveal damages homes in several New Hampshire towns

KINGSTON, N.H. — An explosion as part of a gender reveal party shook foundations, damaged homes and set off reports of an earthquake on Tuesday in several New Hampshire towns, authorities said.

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Kingston police said a family set off 80 pounds of Tannerite, which is typically sold over the counter for firearms practice, at a quarry around 7 p.m., thinking it was the safest place to explode it, WABC reported.

“I’m not upset because I have chalk or confetti blowing my way. I mean, it was an explosion that rocked my house, my neighbor’s, my community and town,” neighbor Sara Taglieri told WABC. “It was just absolutely over-the-top ridiculous.”

Some residents reported property damage. There were no injuries, police said.

The blue smoke from the explosives indicated the family is expecting a boy. The person who bought the explosives turned himself in to police. His identity has not been released. It is unclear if charges will be filed against him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.