This week, Texas authorities revealed that a September gender-reveal party turned into a literal disaster. A two-seater plane flew low over the gathering in the town of Turkey, near the Oklahoma border, loaded with 350 gallons of water dyed bright pink. According to the police report, when the plane dumped its payload, announcing to the partygoers that the coming baby is a girl, the maneuver made it lose speed and "aerodynamically stall," which is a phrase that no one inside of a plane ever wants to hear.
The plane crashed into the ground and flipped over, with the two people inside receiving only minor injuries.
Remember promposals? It was a trend that began a few years ago where high school students would come up with elaborate, endearing ways to ask each other out to prom. But as time went on and promposals became more elaborate and complicated, they quickly started turning into disasters, with students slapping on blackface or somehow working in other racist tropes.
Gender-reveal parties are taking an even more extreme trajectory. They started as relatively simple stunts. Expectant parents might bring to a baker a sealed envelope with their baby's sex written inside, then throw a party where they cut into a cake to see if it has been dyed blue or pink. But these days the parties pack more firepower. Major fireworks suppliers now stock "gender reveal fireworks" that launch blue or pink confetti into the air. But homemade gender-reveal explosives are increasingly dangerous. The 2017 Sawmill Fire that burned 46,991 acres of public and private land in Arizona was started by a gender-reveal party—the blast threw blue smoke in the area and ignited a brush fire that soon spread to the Coronado National Forest.
That resulted in millions of dollars in damages, but other gender-reveal parties have turned deadly. This past October, a 56-year-old woman in Iowa was killed instantly when she was struck by debris from a gender-reveal device that The New York Times described as "what amounted to a homemade pipe bomb."
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Originally Appeared on GQ