A baby shower turned deadly Sunday night when a small cannon exploded, killing a man. A piece of shrapnel struck Evan Thomas Silva that flung from the cannon when it malfunctioned. Rushed to the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, the 26-year-old unfortunately did not survive the accident.
The explosion also damaged three parked cars in its vicinity. But of the four or five people present at the cannon firing, shrapnel only struck Silva. A mere 10 to 15 feet away from the cannon, the blast caught Silva inside its radius.
The host, who is also the owner of the home in Genesee Country’s Gaines Township where the shower took place, purchased the cannon at an auction. They told police that it successfully fired multiple times prior to the tragic malfunction.
Of the investigation, police reported that “the cast material exploded and sent projectiles in all directions…If there aren’t regular inspections on a device like this, the cast material can wear away.”
This latest death is just one in a series of unfortunate events to occur during recent gender-reveal celebrations. In September, smoke from a gender-reveal sparked a wildfire that ravaged thousands of acres in Southern California. Back in 2019, a homemade gender-reveal device meant to spray powder exploded like a bomb. Killing a 56-year-old, Pamela Kreimeyer.
The woman credited with inventing the gender-reveal party, Jenna Karvunidis, is also known for her critical stance on the relatively new trend saying: “Who cares what gender the baby is? Assigning focus on gender at birth leaves out so much of their potential and talents that have nothing to do with what’s between their legs.”
Karvunidis introduced the concept of the gender-reveal party to her blog back in 2008 when she baked a cake with pink icing inside it to reveal the sex of her baby girl. Now 10-years-old, that child expresses themselves in an androgynous fashion, disregarding the pink frosting that heralded their birth.
Karvunidis informed Buzzfeed News that she would encourage parents to “pivot to a pregnancy reveal,” because “It can happen sooner, and everyone still gets cake”.