Victim in Knoxville explosion identified

Here’s an update to a story The No Coast Network has been following.  The woman who died in an explosion Saturday (10/26) in rural Knoxville has been identified…and more information about what happened has been released.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Pamela Kreimeyer was killed when a flying piece of metal struck her in the head, killing her instantly.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, there was a gender reveal party Saturday and members of the Kreimeyer family were experimenting with different types of explosives to record the event for social media.  Five family members and the expectant mother placed gunpowder in the bottom of a homemade stand that was welded to a metal base plate.  They drilled a hole in the side for a fuse, put a piece of wood on top of the gun powder and put colored powder on top of the board.  Then they wrapped tape over the top of the metal tubing, which inadvertently created a pipe bomb.  The colored powder was supposed to shoot out the top.  Instead, the stand exploded and sent pieces of metal flying.  Kreimeyer was standing about 45 feet from the device when it exploded.  It’s believed the projectile that struck Kreimeyer kept going another 144 yards in the air before landing in a field.  No one else was reported injured.  The incident is under investigation.


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