Car Goes Up in Flames in Gender Reveal Gone Horribly Wrong

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By Stephanie Grassullo, Associate Editor
Published July 10, 2019
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An Australian family’s gender reveal celebration is gaining worldwide attention—and not for good reason. The party came to a dramatic end when a car being used to release blue smoke caught fire. Although the incident happened last spring, Queensland Police Service recently released footage of the incident to deter parents from planning dangerous stunts at their reveal parties.

In the video, a man’s car suddenly ignites along the Gold Coast while he was performing the gender reveal to announce the sex of his friend’s baby, 7NEWS Brisbane reports. The scene was caught on a drone camera that the driver, who has been identified as Samuel Montesalvo, had flown to film it, according to Nine News Gold Coast. The driver was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, fined $1,000 and wasn’t allowed to drive for six months.

Australia has been privy to quite a few gender reveal “blowouts” in the past year. A similar incident in Meningie in South Australia left a car burnt out after pink smoke ended in a massive fire, Nine News Gold Coast reports.

These fiery fails may sound familiar to some Arizona residents. Back in 2017, one dad-to-be there attempted to stage an elaborate gender reveal party for family and friends. It involved shooting a target where he used Tannerite, a highly explosive substance. When hit, the explosion would give off either pink or blue powder to reveal the sex of his baby. All didn’t go according to plan, and it instead resulted in a fire that spread and damaged more than 45,000 acres of land. Nearly 800 firefighters battled the Sawmill Fire for about a week, at a cost of about $8.2 million. The father walked away with a $220,000 fine. Click here to watch the notorious gender reveal party.

When it comes to gender reveal parties, less is usually more. Check out some of our favorite gender reveal ideas that are short, sweet and to the point.

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