A New Hampshire man has been charged after a blast from a gender reveal that used 80lbs of explosives sparked fears of an earthquake when it shook towns across state lines.
Anthony Spinelli was charged on Monday with disorderly conduct following the gender reveal party for a baby boy in Kingston, a town not far from the Massachusetts border, last month.
Police in Kingston had received a flurry of 911 calls from terrified homeowners following the loud explosion on April 20.
They responded to Torromeo quarry where they found a family who acknowledged holding a gender reveal party with 80lbs of the explosive Tannerite.
Anthony Spinelli was charged on Monday with disorderly conduct following the gender reveal party for a baby boy at a quarry in Kingston, New Hampshire on April 20
The explosive is sold over the counter for use in firearms practice.
Police said at the time that the person responsible for buying and setting off the explosives had turned themselves into police.
Spinelli, whose name was not released at the time, has now been charged with causing public alarm under New Hampshire’s disorderly conduct law.
It was not immediately clear if Spinelli is the father-to-be.
Police said the family believed the quarry would be the safest spot to blow up the material and were said to have had permission from the quarry owners to be there.
No injuries were reported as part of the gender reveal.
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.
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. Video footage from a smart doorbell (above) showed the visible shaking as a result of the blast
Video footage from a smart doorbell showed the visible shaking as a result of the blast.
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.
‘We heard this god-awful blast,’ Sara Taglieri, who lives in a home that abuts the quarry, told NBC News at the time.
‘It knocked pictures off our walls … I’m all up for silliness and whatnot, but that was extreme.’
Taglieri’s husband, Matt, told outlet that neighbors reported cracks in the foundation of their homes.
Others complained that the blast had damaged their water pipes and turned their drinking water brown.
Tara Taglieri, who lives in a home that is near the quarry, told NBC News at the time: ‘We heard this god-awful blast’
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
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