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Being part of the gun community, especially if you are from the south, you know that one of the most popular ways that couples reveal the gender of their baby, is like this :

And there is nothing wrong with that method. It is very exciting and colorful! So that is exactly how  Nebraska man and his wife chose to reveal their gender.

However, the father-to-be now faces a hefty fine

Ashley and Jon Sterkel just wanted to announce with a bang the news that their first child will be a boy.


But the exploding target they set off with a rifle shot on Saturday, complete with blue smoke to signal a male, provided a bigger blast than they expected.


And on Monday it also resulted in a ticket from the local sheriff.


Jon Sterkel, 26, the owner of a tree-care service, said he has shot off exploding targets on his acreage west of Scottsbluff in the past without problems.


On Saturday, Sterkel used an exploding target and a bunch of blue chalk powder to signal that the expectant couple are having a boy. A video of the explosion was posted on Facebook for friends and family, with Jon shouting out, “It’s a boy!”


Three miles away in Scottsbluff though, some residents thought a house had exploded or a car had blown an engine. The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office got several calls.


Hearing reports on the local radio station, KNEB, and seeing the reaction on Facebook, Sterkel 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.”


By Monday, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman had completed an investigation of the blast and had issued a ticket to Jon Sterkel for setting off an explosive without a required state permit. The violation is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000.

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