Gender Reveal Party Leads to Earthquake Reports
A New Hampshire man turned himself in to police last week for setting off 80 pounds of explosives as part of a gender reveal party.
The Guardian reports that the explosion was big enough that locals believed an earthquake was occurring. The sound could reportedly be heard in the next state. Police say the blast was caused by 80 pounds of Tannerite, an explosive used for firearm target practice. The family set the explosives off at a stone quarry because they believed it would be the safest place.
But residents were angered after the blast reportedly caused nearby homes to rock and even did some property damage. Some neighbors even reported cracks appearing in their foundations following the explosion.
“We heard this God-awful blast,” nearby resident Sara Taglieri told reporters. “It knocked pictures off our walls. … I’m all up for silliness and whatnot, but that was extreme.”
Police did not disclose the identity of the man who set off the explosion, but they did confirm that the baby’s gender was revealed to be a boy.
Couple Tries to Crash Mansion For Wedding
A Florida couple allegedly attempted to hold their wedding at a private mansion without consent of the owner. They said it was God’s plan.
According to NBC News the owner of a Florida mansion was forced to call police last week when a couple tried to force their way onto the property for their “dream wedding.”
“I have people trespassing on my property,” homeowner Nathan Finkel told a 911 dispatcher. “And they keep harassing me—calling me. They say they’re having a wedding here and it’s God’s message. I don’t know what’s going on. All I want is it to stop.”
Courtney Wilson allegedly showed up at the front gates of Finkel’s mansion last week ready to “set up” for his wedding. The only problem was that Finkel had never agreed to let the wedding happen there. Wilson reportedly visited the home months earlier under the guise of a prospective buyer and asked Finkel if he could use the man’s backyard for his wedding, but Finkel refused. That did not deter Wilson, however.
Wilson and his bride-to-be, Shenita Jones, reportedly sent out elaborate wedding invitations that detailed how the couple had been reunited 30 years after meeting in high school. The couple said they believed their relationship was ordained by God. The invitations said the couple would be holding their wedding at their “dream home and estate” with a reception that was scheduled to last through midnight. The invitations also requested that family members and friends attend a follow-up brunch at the same mansion the following day.
When police arrived on the scene and asked Wilson to leave, he did so without incident. No charges were pressed against the groom-to-be.
Woman Finds Tracking Device, Police Ask For Its Return
A Louisiana woman reportedly discovered a tracking device on her car that she believed was placed there by police. Now the police have asked her to give it back.
According to WBRZ in Louisiana, Tiara Beverly was arrested on serious drug charges last month. She claims that five Louisiana state troopers came to her door last week to ask her questions about an acquaintance of hers. She told the officers that the person was not there and they left. She claims that two days later, she spotted some men loitering near her car. The next day she inspected the vehicle and found a black box with a lithium battery inside and a large magnet.
“I instantly panicked,” Beverly told reporters. “I didn’t know if it was a bomb, but then I did find out it was a tracker.”
Beverly reached out to the NAACP for help. Eugene Collins of the Baton Rouge branch of the organization told reporters that Louisiana State Police contacted him asking that the device be returned. “It could make the situation more difficult for me,” Collins told reporters.
“Upon speaking with our detectives, this is part of an ongoing investigation involving Ms. Beverly and a suspect with federal warrants,” said state police in a statement. “As part of the investigative process, a warrant was obtained for the surveillance equipment. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, further information will be available regarding charges and investigative documents.”
“It’s bush league,” Collins told reporters. “The fact that a young woman can see you doing something like this means you’re not very good at it.”
Mock DUI Crash Interrupted by Real DUI
A man accused of drunk driving allegedly drove through a DUI crash simulation while it was being presented to students.
News 5 Cleveland reports that Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ashland County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a simulated DUI crash at the West Holmes Career Center to demonstrate the dangers of drunk driving to the students.
But police say the students got a real-life crash course when a Buick Enclave traveling at a high speed came barreling through the parking lot, nearly striking the students. The deputies on the scene immediately confronted the driver, who reportedly smelled of alcohol. The man was promptly arrested for DUI.
US Honey is Radioactive
Researchers say that decades of nuclear tests in the U.S. have led to bees producing radioactive honey.
A study recently published in the journal Nature Communications found elevated levels of cesium in soil and honey samples taken from 110 locations across the U.S. Cesium is one of the longest lived byproducts of nuclear fission. It can take decades to dissipate.
The cesium in the soil is a direct result of nuclear testing in the U.S. in the ’50s and ’60s. Fallout from these tests reportedly spread across the world by dispersing through the atmosphere. Most of the shorter-lived radioactive byproducts dissipated quickly, but the cesium stayed.
The researchers say the concentration of cesium found in U.S. honey was below the threshold level of concern and is safe for humans to consume. But bees are reportedly suffering negative effects from radiation poisoning.