Following a gender reveal party, the El Dorado fire outside San Bernardino destroyed ten structures, damaged six more, and caused 13 injuries. One firefighter lost his life while battling the blaze.
Clouds of blue smoke to indicate a boy preceded the flames. The expectant parents attempted to put out the fire with bottled water without much success.
The incident was enough to have many people start calling for these events to stop.
How Gender Reveal Parties Got Out of Control
When the first gender reveal parties were held, the intent was to bring families together. It allowed everyone to get involved with the pregnancy early, creating a closer experience for the baby upon arrival.
As families started posting their gender reveal parties online, expecting couples felt the need to start outdoing each other.
Some of the more extreme options have been to burn car tires, use exotic animals, and shoot explosive canisters.
The goal is no longer about bringing families together. It’s about trying to perform the event for others to get some notoriety online.
The El Dorado fire isn’t the only one to have started because of this event in recent years. A 2017 party in Arizona had an explosion that ended up burning over 47,000 acres.
What Can We Do in the Future?
Although some are calling for gender reveal parties to stop, the issue is more of one that involves responsibility.
If you’re going to have explosives at this event, contact your fire department to be standing by should something go out of control.
We can also return to the communal experience without being overly destructive. We’ve made progress on our views about gender in recent years, but these events still celebrate duality. Whether you’re for or against the idea of multiple genders, we can turn these events into a life celebration.
It is time for us to be in control of our choices and consequences. The El Dorado fire, and others like it, are entirely preventable.