Gender reveal party couple face jail over deadly California wildfire

Exposing the Big Game

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57898993

Published21 JulyShare

Firefighters watch as the El Dorado blaze burns a hillside near homes in Mountain Home Village, California, inside the San Bernardino National Forest, 9 September 2020
image captionThe El Dorado wildfire in southern California last year spread over more than 22,000 acres

A US couple whose gender reveal party last year was blamed for starting a deadly California wildfire face up to 20 years in prison, officials say.

Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr and Angela Renee Jimenez have been charged with several offences, including involuntary manslaughter, over the El Dorado fire.

Officials say a smoke bomb used at the gender event last September sparked the blaze, in which one firefighter was killed and others were hurt.

The couple have pleaded not guilty.

The El Dorado fire lasted more than two months and covered over 22,000 acres of southern California, destroying homes and other properties.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, alleged that a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” used during a gender reveal party near the city of Yucaipa on…

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