‘My heart is racing!’ Frantic 911 calls show panic after New Hampshire couple used 80 pounds of explosives in gender reveal causing damage to properties in two STATES
- Anthony Spinelli was charged Monday with disorderly conduct following the gender reveal party held in Kingston, New Hampshire
- Police in the town 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 were holding a gender reveal party with 80lbs of the explosive Tannerite
- Spinelli, whose name was not released at the time, has now been charged with causing public alarm under New Hampshire’s disorderly conduct law
- 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
Newly-released 911 calls made in the aftermath of a gigantic gender reveal blast last month highlight how neighbors were left terrified by the explosion.
Anthony Spinelli was charged with disorderly conduct over the explosion, which occurred in Kingston, New Hampshire on April 20.
Spinelli and his partner held a gender reveal party at the Torromeo quarry with 80lbs of the explosive Tannerite – which was felt for 25 miles in every direction after it was detonated.
Calls made to police – which have been obtained by Motherboard through a freedom of information request – show that panicked neighbors expressing confusion about the origin of the blast.
‘Everyone on the street just went outside because something just went boom,’ one caller told cops.
‘Everybody’s house shook, but we don’t see anything wrong.’
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 blast was felt for 25 miles in every direction after it was detonated
‘I just heard a very loud explosion- all my pictures have fallen,’ another person told police.
‘Oh my god, my heart is racing,’ a third local said on a 911 call, claiming that the blast had caused damage to the foundation of her home.
‘There was a humongous explosion,’ another neighbor stated on a call. ‘It rattled my house.’
‘You’re actually the fourth person that’s called,’ the 911 dispatcher replied. ‘I do have all the information I need. We have officers heading out that way.’
Police said at the time that the person responsible for buying and setting off the explosives had turned themselves into authorities.
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.
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
Tannerite is an explosive sold over the counter for use in firearms practice.
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 neighboring Massachusetts, led some to speculate that the rumblings had been caused by an earthquake.
Video footage from a smart doorbell showed the visible shaking as a result of the blast.
Some reported cracks in the foundation of their homes.
Others complained that the blast had damaged their water pipes and turned their drinking water brown.
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
What is Tannerite?
Tannerite is an over-the-counter explosive target sold in kit form used for firearms practice.
It is known as a binary explosive because the two components that make it are not explosive on their own.
It is made by mixing aluminum powder with ammonium nitrate.
Law enforcement experts say 80 pounds of Tannerite is enough to cause substantial damage to a house.
Tannerite is popular for use in target practise because of the loud noise it makes.
It also produces a puff of smoke upon being struck by a bullet.