A Michigan man killed during a baby shower when a cannon detonating his gender exploded

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A 26-year-old man from Michigan was killed in an explosion that occurred during a baby shower, according to Gaines town authorities.

A small cannon charge fired by a homeowner exploded in the backyard of a home, spraying metal shrapnel into an unidentified Heartland man who was standing nearby. The man was transferred in critical condition to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, where he later died.

Three parked cars and the garage in which the child was bathing was also hit by shrapnel.

Phone calls to Gaines town authorities for additional information were not immediately returned.

In recent years, some gender reveal events – with devices popping out colored confetti, balloons, or other colored objects to announce the gender of the soon-to-be-born baby – have taken a dangerous turn.

In September, a couple’s plan to reveal their child’s gender with blue or pink smoke sparked a wildfire that burned thousands of acres of southern California. And in 2019, homemade explosives used to reveal the gender of the baby killed 56-year-old Pamela Cremier in Knoxville, Iowa. The device was intended to spray the powder but instead it detonated like a pipe bomb.

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