A California fire sparked during a gender reveal party has burned more than 10,000 acres since Saturday.
As of Tuesday morning, the El Dorado Fire in San Bernardino County is currently 16% contained.
Investigators announced that a gender reveal party, which used a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device,” caused the fire. The exact device wasn’t specified, but it is believed to have either emitted colored smoke or fireworks to reveal the baby’s sex.
While officials haven’t released surveillance footage of the incident they described the recording to press. In it, a couple and several children can be seen walking into the grass while another person appears to light a device.
As the device ignites, the family could be seen “scrambling” and grabbing water bottles to try to stop the growing fire. Investigators said everyone involved is cooperating with investigators.
In 2017, a gender reveal in Arizona sparked a 47,000-acre wildfire after the father shot a highly-explosive Tannerite target. The mishap caused more than $8 million in damages. The father was charged with misdemeanor violation of US Forest Service regulations.
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