Canadian gender-reveal party sparks wildfire, couple fined $500

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A gender-reveal party in Canada went south after an explosive device set off a small wildfire, authorities said. 

The incident happened on May 31 in northern Alberta. A device, which was supposed to release either blue or pink powder, indicating the baby’s sex, inadvertently set off an inferno, Global News reported. 

A forest fire in Alberta, Canada. 
(Alberta Wildfire)

The flames grew to about one acre, or roughly three-fourths of a football field, before firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. 

Travis Fairweather, a wildfire information officer with Alberta Wildfire said the couple responsible was fined the equivalent of $500. 

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

Alberta Wildfire issued a statement saying that the use of exploding targets within protected forest areas are prohibited “without the written permission from a Forest Officer.” 

Botched gender-reveal parties have been on the rise as of late. 

In April, a New Hampshire man was hit with charges over an explosion at a gender reveal party that was felt as far away as Massachusetts – and sparked fears of a possible earthquake. 

And in March, a gender-reveal party in Mexico quickly turned tragic after a plane streaming a sign about a baby girl plunged into the waters off Cancun – killing two people on board. 

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report. 

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