An explosive device set off a small wildfire
at a gender-reveal party in Canada
, according to authorities.
The incident occurred on May 31 in northern Alberta, when a device intended to release either blue or pink
powder, indicating the sex
of the baby, accidentally set off an inferno, according to Global News
were able to extinguish the flames, they had grown to approximately one acre, or roughly three-fourths of a football
The couple responsible, according to Travis Fairweather, an Alberta Wildfire information officer, were fined $500.
"While fireworks and exploding targets can be entertaining, they can also come at a high cost if you inadvertently start a wildfire," Fairweather explained.
The use of exploding targets within protected forest areas is prohibited "without the written permission of a Forest Officer," according to a statement issued by Alberta Wildfire.
Gender-reveal parties gone wrong have become increasingly common in recent years.
, a New Hampshire
man was arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion at a gender reveal party that was felt as far away as Massachusetts
– and sparked fears of an earthquake.
In March, a gender-reveal party in Mexico
quickly turned tragic when a plane carrying a sign announcing the birth of a baby girl crashed into the waters off Cancun, killing two people