Man is fined $620 for using 80 pounds of explosives for gender reveal party in a quarry - causing damage to properties in TWO states

 A man who used 80 pounds of explosives in a gender reveal party that damaged property in two states has been fined just $620 - and he might not even have to pay that full amount.  

Anthony Spinelli, a 28-year-old Kingston, New Hampshire man, pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from an April explosion that was heard by nearby residents in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. 

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.

Others complained that the 'earthquake' blast had damaged their water pipes and turned their drinking water brown. 

As part of a plea deal reached Tuesday, Spinelli was fined $620, but $500 will be suspended for 12 months as long as he stays out out of trouble, according to court records.

Police in Kingston, a town not far from the Massachusetts state line, received reports in April of a loud explosion. 

Video footage from a smart doorbell showed the visible shaking as a result of the blast. 


The blast was felt for 25 miles in every direction after it was detonated

The blast was felt for 25 miles in every direction after it was detonated

They responded to a quarry, where people acknowledged holding a gender reveal party with explosives, which was 80 pounds of Tannerite, police said. 

The family thought the quarry would be the safest spot to detonate the explosive, which is typically sold over the counter as a target for firearms practice, police said.

Some nearby residents reported their homes were shaken by the explosion. No injuries were reported, police said.

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

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 

'Based on the facts, at the conclusion of the investigation, we feel that the charge and the disposition were appropriate,' Kingston police said in a statement.

'We are very thankful no one was injured during the gender reveal incident and sympathetic to the fact it startled the community.'  

The blast could be heard up to 20 miles away from the quarry. 

'We heard this god-awful blast,' Sara Taglieri, who lives in a home that abuts the quarry, told NBC News at the time.

'It knocked pictures off our walls … I'm all up for silliness and whatnot, but that was extreme.'


Taglieri's husband, Matt, told outlet that neighbors reported cracks in the foundation of their homes. 

It wasn't immediately known if Spinelli had a lawyer to speak for him. A message sent to him on social media seeking comment was not immediately returned.

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

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

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

Tara Taglieri, who lives in a home that is near the quarry, told NBC News at the time:  'We heard this god-awful blast'

Man is fined $620 for using 80 pounds of explosives for gender reveal party in a quarry - causing damage to properties in TWO states Man is fined $620 for using 80 pounds of explosives for gender reveal party in a quarry - causing damage to properties in TWO states Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 07:18 Rating: 5

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