Family Whose Gender-Reveal Party Sparked Huge Blaze Could Face Multi-Million Dollar Fine
The family whose gender-reveal party sparked the blaze that burned over 8,600 acres of Southern California are looking at some charges, even though they claim the fire starting was unintentional.
The fire was determined to be started by a smoke causing device used in the gender-reveal. A spokesman for Cal Fire said the family could be facing a fine meant to help cover the cost of the fire, between damages and service from fire crews.
The fine could "run into millions of dollars."
Cal Fire included in a statement Sunday, those "responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible". This means the family could also have the book thrown at them for violations of public resources and arson under CA Code Section 452, which makes it a crime for a person to recklessly set fire or burn any structure, forest land, or property.
If legal proceedings are issued, it would be the person who lit the firework that would be charged.
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