California Wildfires: ‘Gender Reveal’ Party Blamed For Disaster

  • Date: 09/09/20
  • BBC News

Officials have blamed a gender reveal party for one of several wildfires raging in the US state of California.

A “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” at the event sparked the El Dorado fire, which has now spread over 7,000 acres.

It is one of more than two dozen blazes across the state.

California is currently experiencing a record heatwave, with Los Angeles reporting its highest ever temperature of 49.4C (121F).

The National Weather Service described Sunday as “one of the hottest days since weather records began across much of south-western California”…

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, blamed a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party” for the start of the blaze.

Gender reveal parties are celebrations announcing whether expecting parents are going to have a girl or a boy. In recent years, several large-scale parties have gone wrong, even resulting in the death of a woman in 2019.

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