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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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A Nebraska couple's attempt at a creative baby "gender reveal" ended up earning them a sheriff's citation for setting off an explosive without a state permit.

Jon Sterkel, 26, said he and his wife, Ashley, wanted to do something unique for their baby "gender reveal" video on Facebook, so they used exploding targets he previously used without issue on their property.

The video shows Sterkel shooting the target, which explodes and releases a cloud of blue chalk while he shouts, "It's a boy!"

The explosion resulted in multiple calls to the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office from residents about 3 miles away about an explosion that some misidentified as a house exploding or a car engine blowing out.

Sterkel said he heard about the reports from the radio and called the sheriff's office to explain. He also posted an apology on Facebook.

"I would like to apologize for all of the confusion," he wrote. "This was just our way of announcing what gender our baby was."

The sheriff's office ticketed Sterkel for setting off an explosive without a state permit, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

"The explosives I bought are readily available in most department stores, and even most law enforcers I have spoken to are not aware that they are illegal," Sterkel said.

The baby is due June 16, but Sterkel said not to expect another explosive stunt.

"I think we'll do something a little more lower key," he said.


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Hello Lewis, Couldn't Illinois just knock down old abandoned structures like this? Is there something about Illinois logic that I do not get? Perhaps Illinois is state I should avoid. -Phvince
[Oh yeah. Even the people who live here don't want to be here. Illinois holds the number 2 spot as the state people want to get the hell out of. It was only beaten out by New Jersey at number 1. And it's hard to compete with New Jersey in that category. It's too bad, too, because Illinois has a lot of wonderful features, but it is so corrupt that people just can't stand to live here.]

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