Large-scale wildfires erupted in California over the weekend after a couple’s attempt to reveal their baby’s gender, with sometimes producers of popular parties now saying enough is enough.
The El Dorado Fire, burning east of Los Angeles, has forced some 3,000 residents to move out of the area and has grown to 10,574 acres since it began Saturday morning.
Authorities said the explosion was carried out by a couple using smoke-generating pyrotechnic equipment for a sex-revealing party, who then attempted to extinguish the fire with a water bottle before calling 911.
Capt. Bennett Milloy of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, “This is a very sad situation, which the Associated Press has said. It was apparently a happy event.”
California official officials once again claimed family members to belong to a party that is in the range of billions.
But the news of the massive wildfire was enough for Pasadena’s Jenna Carvunidis, who is widely credited for forming gender-revealing parties.
“Stop it. Stop these stupid parties,” she wrote on Facebook on Monday. “For the love of God, stop burning things to tell everyone about your baby’s gender. Nobody cares about you.”
In 2008, Karunavidis gave a gender reveal party for her first child. She posted about it on her blog, which was then picked up by a magazine and eventually became a popular item for parents to expect.
“I had lost some pregnancies to get to the point in my pregnancy where we could know if it was a boy or a girl,” she quoted FOX11 in an interview.
But she said that she never thought that one of her parties would come down the line with any kind of threat.
“I never mentioned that,” she told FOX11. “I also did not care about the social implications of these parties, how they are harmful to some segments of our community, transgender and non-medical.”
This is not the first time that a bash revealing one’s own gender has actually gone up in flames.
In 2017, a massive Arizona wildfire was accidentally triggered by an off-duty border patrol agent who shot a target filled with explosive blue powder.
In the video released last year, the words “BOY” and “GIRL” are written across a target surrounded by tall grass. When the target is hit, a flash of blue powder briefly appears, before one explodes onto the area, igniting the sawmill fire.
The fire burned 47,000 acres and caused $ 8 million in damage, with agent Dennis Dickey being charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced for probation.
These parties have also become murderous.
GENDER-REVEAL PYROTECHNIC SPARKED MASSIVE EL DORADO FIRE
Last year, a homemade explosive used to reveal the gender of 56-year-old Pamela Cremaire’s child during a party in Knoxville, Iowa.
The device was for spraying powder, but the pipe flew like a bomb. Cremier, standing 45 feet away, died immediately after falling into the rubble.
Karunavidis told FOX11 that she thinks the parties are now “completely unnecessary”, and believes that people should stop them or “not light any kind”.
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“We need to be more responsible about the parties, socially and physically. Our physical safety is in danger when we have to evacuate due to these wildfires,” she said. “It really brings such an aggressive energy, which is supposed to be a joyous occasion about a new life, maybe to try to reduce it and make it more gentle.”
Milloy told the AP that some of the devices used to reveal the penis are harmless, but others contain chemicals that produce heat and can ignite fire.
He said the equipment used on Saturday would be tested to determine what it contained. Milloy did not know what color it was.
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The couple associated with the misconduct may be held liable for the costs of fighting the fire and may be wrongly charged with trespassing or felony.
While firefighters made “good progress” against the eruption on Monday, officials said the hot and dry weather combined with the upcoming Santa Ana wind event could cause fire flames.
Wildfires have burned more than 2 million acres in California this year as more than 14,000 firefighters are currently battling more than two dozen blazes across the state.
Fox News’ David Arrow, Nicole Darah and the Associated Press contributed to this report.