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Massive California wildfire triggered by explosives used at gender reveal party

A pyrotechnic device used during a gender reveal party on Saturday caused a massive wildfire in California which razed more than 10,000 acres of land in California, officials said.

According to surveillance footage, a group of people gathered at the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. A couple organised a party where they reveal the sex of their child to their friends and family. A guest at the party was seen igniting the “smoke-generating” firework which ultimately lead to the debacle.

Southern California’s San Bernardino County was engulfed in flames as firefighters worked day and night to douse off the huge wildfires.

On Tuesday, 14 firefighters were forced to deploy emergency shelters as flames overtook them and destroyed the Nacimiento fire station in the Los Padres National Forest on the state`s central coast, the US Forest Service said.

They suffered from burns and smoke inhalation, and three were flown to a hospital in Fresno, where one was in critical condition.

In a statement, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said the SCU Lightning Complex fires that have burned 396,624 acres across five Northern California counties, were 93 per cent contained by Monday morning, Xinhua reported.