WATCH | Gender reveal party stunt sets off wildfire visible from space

It's been more than 3 days and firefighters are still working to contain the wildfire. (Twitter/@DrewTumaABC7)
It's been more than 3 days and firefighters are still working to contain the wildfire. (Twitter/@DrewTumaABC7)

Firework displays included in the celebrations at a gender reveal party have been identified as the cause of one of several massive bush fires in California, USA, the Washington Post reports

The fire was set off on Saturday, 5 September in San Bernardino County, and according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire), firefighters are still working to contain the wildfires. 

Clouds of smoke from the fires are so large that they're visible via satellite. 

More than 3000 residents have already been evacuated and a new Evacuation Warning applies to roughly 21 000 residents. 

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"Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible," CAL Fire said in a statement

Gender reveal party originator, Jenna Karvunidis, who had already "cancelled" the trend in 2019, also commented on the incident via Facebook. 

"Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down..."

This isn't the first time an over exuberant gender reveal party has caused damage. 

In 2017, a similar incident occurred in the US, and according to reports the cost of the damage was more than $8 million (over R135 million). 

Compiled for Parent24 by Lesley-Anne Johannes. 


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