A fire in California that set over 7,000 acres on fire was caused by “a pyrotechnic device used at a gender reveal party,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Safety found.
In a statement released late Sunday, the department said, “The fire began at 10:23 am on September 5, 2020 at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa,” before spreading northward.
The agency said the fire was caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used during a “gender reveal party”
“With the dry conditions and the critical fire weather, you don’t need much to start a wildfire. Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activities can be held financially and criminally responsible, ”the statement said.
The fire has since destroyed 7,050 acres. It prompted the evacuation of 3,000 residents, CBS reported.
Almost 12,500 firefighters are currently fighting 22 major fires across the state, according to Cal Fire. Earlier Sunday, Cal Fire said nearly 12,500 firefighters fought 22 major fires in the state.
Gender reveal parties, where expectant parents reveal the genders of their soon-to-be-born infants, often offer sophisticated ways to tell whether the baby is a boy or a girl.
In July 2019, one of the pioneers of the gender disclosure movement said it was time to reassess the practice and her own daughter had started researching her gender and defying gender norms.
In April 2017, an off duty U.S. Border Guard, Dennis Dickey, caused $ 8 million in damage to 19,000 acres of Arizona forest when he shot a target full of blue-colored explosives to reveal the sex of his unborn child.
In October 2019, a woman was killed when a homemade device designed to dispense colored powder exploded at a gender reveal party in Iowa.
California is battling weeks of wildfires and faced record temperatures over Labor Day weekend. On Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles County, the temperature hit a record high of 49 ° C, according to the National Weather Service.