A wildfire that has unfortunately spread to more than 7,000 acres in San Bernardino County, CA was sparked during a gender reveal party, fire officials say.
Partygoers used a “smoke generating pyrotechnic device” that ignited the fire Saturday morning at El Dorado Ranch Park.
The fire has spread to over 7,000 acres and forced 3,000 evacuations so far. It’s one of 23 major fires burning in California right now.
“It really is a tragedy, it’s sad. They were hoping to remember the day in a different way,” said CalFire investigator Capt. Bennet Milloy. “You need to be extra cautious because you could be liable.”
Milloy also added that those involved with the party are fully cooperating with investigators.
If the district attorney decides to pursue the case, the person who ignited the pyrotechnic would be the person charged.
Back in 2017, a similar situation took place in Arizona where a gender reveal party burned nearly 47,000 acres and caused more than $8 million in damage.