Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Gender reveal party inventor urges people to 'stop having these stupid parties' as more than 10,000 acres are destroyed by California wildfire sparked by celebration gone wrong

The inventor of the gender reveal party has urged people to 'stop having these stupid parties' as more than 10,000 acres have been destroyed by a California wildfire sparked by a celebration gone wrong.
Blogger Jenna Karvunidis took to social media Monday to call on people to stop the celebrations after it emerged a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used to announce whether an expectant mom is having a boy or girl caused the massive El Dorado wildfire now ravaging part of the state. 
'Stop having these stupid parties,' Karvunidis wrote.
'For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid's penis.' 
California has been in the grips of savage wildfires in recent weeks, with two of the blazes some of the biggest in the state's history.   
The inventor of the gender reveal party has urged people to 'stop having these stupid parties' as more than 10,000 acres have been destroyed by a California wildfire sparked by a celebration gone wrong. Pictured blogger Jenna Karvunidis
The inventor of the gender reveal party has urged people to 'stop having these stupid parties' as more than 10,000 acres have been destroyed by a California wildfire sparked by a celebration gone wrong. Pictured blogger Jenna Karvunidis
Jenna Karvunidis took to social media Monday to call on people to stop the celebrations after it emerged a gender reveal pyrotechnic caused the massive El Dorado wildfire
Jenna Karvunidis took to social media Monday to call on people to stop the celebrations after it emerged a gender reveal pyrotechnic caused the massive El Dorado wildfire
Karvunidis slammed the 'tool' responsible for the latest blaze in a Facebook rant Monday.
'Oh my god NO. The fire that evacuated parts of California is from a GENDER REVEAL PARTY,' the blogger wrote. 
'Stop it. Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid's penis. No one cares but you.'

The blogger branded the need to use pyrotechnics in a gender reveal as 'toxic masculinity' and pointed to the vast difference between their actions and her own when she unveiled her baby's gender with a cake back in 2008.  
'It was 116 degrees in Pasadena yesterday and this tool thought it would be smart to light a fire about his kid's d**k,' she wrote.
'Toxic masculinity is men thinking they need to explode something because simply enjoying a baby party is for sissies.
Karvunidis is famed for inventing the gender reveal party when she announced she was expecting a girl by cutting a cake that revealed pink frosting inside (above)
Karvunidis is famed for inventing the gender reveal party when she announced she was expecting a girl by cutting a cake that revealed pink frosting inside (above)
'Oh, and of course I'm getting hate messages. Excuse me for having a cake for my family in 2008.'
She added: 'Just because I'm the gender reveal inventor doesn't mean I think people should burn down their communities. STOP.'
Karvunidis is famed for inventing the gender reveal party when she announced to family and friends that she was expecting a girl by cutting a cake to reveal pink frosting inside.  
She shared the celebration on her blog High Gloss And Sauce in 2008 inspiring a huge trend that many expectant parents worldwide have since copied. 
On Sunday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that the huge El Dorado wildfire in southern California started Saturday by a gender reveal photoshoot, when the pyrotechnical smoke device sent sparks into the bone-dry brush.
The El Dorado Fire burns in San Bernardino National Forest near Yucaipa, California, Saturday
The El Dorado Fire burns in San Bernardino National Forest near Yucaipa, California, Saturday
On Sunday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that the wildfire started Saturday by a gender reveal photoshoot
On Sunday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that the wildfire started Saturday by a gender reveal photoshoot
An evacuation map of the El Dorado fire which started when the pyrotechnical smoke device sent sparks into the bone-dry brush
An evacuation map of the El Dorado fire which started when the pyrotechnical smoke device sent sparks into the bone-dry brush

The devices release blue or pink smoke to announce the gender. 
The blaze has scorched 10,574 acres and was just 16 percent contained by Tuesday morning.
Fire officials described it as 'one of the most dangerous fires' they've ever seen. 
The fire started on Saturday at 10.23am, authorities said, before spreading from the El Dorado Ranch Park north, onto the Yucaipa Ridge. 
The ridge separates Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls from the City of Yucaipa.
Bennet Milloy, spokesman for the fire department, told DailyMail.com the people hosting the party were still on the scene when the firefighters arrived.
'We know how it started because they were still there,' he said. 'That, and the fact that there were surveillance cameras in the park.'
Milloy said that it was a relatively small family gathering, and that the relatives had gathered for a photo opportunity. 
He did not know if they were local people, but he said they were potentially both civilly and criminally responsible for the fire and could face jail time and hefty fines. 
The family could be held responsible for the entire cost of putting the fire out, amounting to many millions of dollars, he said.
The civil costs were deemed 'suppression costs' - the charges associated with hundreds of fire fighters, engines, helicopters and planes.
The criminal charges could fall under 'a variety of charges', he said - which would be more severe if homes were destroyed. 
The family could be hit with violations of public resources codes and even arson, under California's penal code section 452. 
Arson convictions can result in a sentence of up to nine years.
Milloy did not have the names of the family, but said they would be released if charges were pressed.
The El Dorado fire. The blaze has scorched 10,574 acres and was just 16 percent contained by Tuesday morning
The El Dorado fire. The blaze has scorched 10,574 acres and was just 16 percent contained by Tuesday morning
The family behind the gender reveal could be held responsible for the entire cost of putting the fire out, amounting to many millions of dollars, officials said
The family behind the gender reveal could be held responsible for the entire cost of putting the fire out, amounting to many millions of dollars, officials said
This isn't the first time a gender reveal party has caused a huge wildfire.
In April, a similar gender reveal pyrotechnic device sparked a 10-acre brush fire in Florida.
This came after a gender reveal in April 2017 sparked the massive Sawmill Fire which scorched more than 45,000 acres across Arizona.  
Partygoers shot a makeshift target labeled with the words 'boy' and 'girl' which then exploded setting fire to the brush.
The off-duty border patrol agent responsible for starting the fire pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay more than $8 million in restitution.  
The latest blaze comes as California is already being ravaged by massive wildfires, with more than 14,000 fire fighters currently battling 24 separate blazes statewide.
More than two million acres have been destroyed and 172,000 people left without power during a record heat wave in the drought-stricken state. 
The latest blaze comes as California is already being ravaged by massive wildfires, with more than 14,000 fire fighters currently battling 24 separate blazes. Pictured the Creek Fire in Fresno County
The latest blaze comes as California is already being ravaged by massive wildfires, with more than 14,000 fire fighters currently battling 24 separate blazes. Pictured the Creek Fire in Fresno County
More than two million acres have been destroyed and 172,000 people left without power during a record heat wave in the drought-stricken state. Pictured the Creek Fire in Fresno County
More than two million acres have been destroyed and 172,000 people left without power during a record heat wave in the drought-stricken state. Pictured the Creek Fire in Fresno County

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