A woman known for popularizing parties in which expectant parents reveal the gender of their babies is asking that the tradition stop after one of them started the a California wildfire over the weekend.
On Saturday, a a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” that was being used in a gender reveal started a wildfire in San Bernardino County that grew to cover 8,500 acres, according to Cal Fire.
In a Facebook post, blogger Jenna Karvunidis, who many consider to have created these celebratory events, spoke out against gender reveal parties.
“The fire that evacuated parts of California is from a GENDER REVEAL PARTY,” Karvunidis wrote in her post.
"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," she continued.
The High Gloss and Sauce blogger went on to say that while she is considered the originator of the popular tradition, she values the safety of communities more.
“Oh, and of course I'm getting hate messages,” she wrote. “Excuse me for having a cake for my family in 2008. Just because I'm the gEnDeR rEvEaL iNVeNtoR doesn't mean I think people should burn down their communities.”
The Saturday wildfire wasn’t the first one to be caused by a gender reveal explosion.
In 2017, a gender reveal party in Arizona sparked a wildfire that burned nearly 47,000 acres and caused more than $8 million in damage.
No charges have yet to be announced in the California fire.