The family behind the gender reveal party that sparked a California wildfire could be hit with charges — and a massive bill to cover the costs of putting out the blazes, authorities said.
Cal Fire spokesman Bennet Milloy said the group could be on the hook for millions to cover the hundreds of firefighters, helicopters and planes employed to tackle the El Dorado Fire, the Daily Mail reported.
They also could face a “variety of charges,” including arson, which carries a sentence of up to nine years, Milloy said.
The family stayed on the scene after using a smoke generating pyrotechnic device that ignited the wildfire, which has now torched over 7,000 acres near El Dorado Ranch Park as of late Sunday, the outlet reported.
The devices are often used at such gatherings to spew pink or blue smoke to reveal the gender of the baby.
“We know how it started because they were still there,” Milloy said of the group. “That, and the fact that there were surveillance cameras in the park.”
Milloy said the small group of relatives — who has not been identified because no charges have been filed — “understood the seriousness of the fire.”
“They genuinely believed it was an accident,” Milloy said. “But I think now they understand the gravity of the situation.”