Explosive gender-reveal blast causes wildfire in Canada

An explosive device set off at a gender-reveal party sparked a wildfire in Canada, authorities said.

The device was only supposed to release blue or pink powder to identify the baby’s sex when it was detonated in Alberta, about six miles west of Fort McMurray, on May 31, Global News reported.

It instead caused an inferno, which grew to about an acre before it was extinguished, the outlet reported.

Travis Fairweather, an Alberta Wildfire spokesman, said the individuals responsible were fined $600 and could also be forced to pay the costs of fighting the fire, the newspaper reported.

“While fireworks and exploding targets can be fun, they can also come with a hefty price tag if you inadvertently start a wildfire,” Fairweather said.

An exploding gender reveal device seen in action.
An exploding gender reveal device seen in action.
U.S. Forest Service via AP, File

Under local forestry laws, permission is required to use fireworks or exploding targets, the outlet reported.

It’s not the first time a gender-reveal announcement has had dangerous consequences.

In September, a group of relatives set off a pyrotechnic device to reveal an unborn baby’s gender and caused a massive wildfire in El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, California.

Albert Wildfire tweeted about the gender reveal incident.
Alberta Wildfire tweeted about the gender-reveal incident.

The inferno spread to more than 10,500 acres (16 square miles) and forced people to evacuate their homes.

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