Disclosing your yet-to-be-born child’s gender to the public through a gender reveal party is often a happy celebration for the people involved. 

However, in the case of Yucaipa, the result of one gender reveal party is not a happy one. 

On Saturday, more than 7,000 acres of land were scorched by a fire in California, fire officials announced.

On Sunday, fire officials revealed that a “smoke generating pyrotechnic device” caused the huge fire. 

What’s more, the device was “used during a gender reveal party.” 

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the fire on Saturday began at around ten in the morning, at the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. 

The fire started from the Park on to the Yucaipa Ridge, separating Mountain Home Village and the Forest Falls in the Yucaipa City. 

As per the official report, other factors such as “dry conditions” and “critical fire weather” affected the spread of the wildfire. 

Fire authorities also warned the public about the “negligence” and “illegal activities” of starting a fire. 

Those responsible will face financial and criminal charges. 

The fire has resulted in the evacuation of around 3,000 residents, as per a CBS report.

On Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a State of Emergency due to fire in five counties in California including San Bernardino County.  

People’s Reaction

The revelation of the fire’s cause did not sit well for a lot of people, earning criticism on the practice of gender reveals. 

One Twitter user calls gender reveal parties “weird.” 

According to them, gender reveal parties are “technically a genital reveal party.” 

Some of the tweets also compared cis people with trans people. 

One Twitter user, Julia Serano says cis people can “threaten, injure or kill” people “in the name of gender,” yet trans people are still framed as the “dangerous” ones.

Destructive Gender Reveals

This is not the first time a gender reveal party resulted in a fire. 

In 2017, another gender reveal party burned more than 40,000 acres of land in Arizona.

The perpetrator of the fire, a US Border Patrol officer was sentenced to five years probation and was required to pay more than $8 million in restitution. 

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