Ban Use Of Explosives and Pyrotechnics in “Gender Reveal” Parties

Target: Gavin Newsom, Governor of California

Goal: Ban the use of explosives and pyrotechnics in gender reveals.

Over 7,000 acres in California burned after a huge wildfire in San Bernardino County was sparked by a “gender reveal” party. These parties started as a way for expecting parents to find out the sex of their child in some innocuous way, like a cake with pink or blue frosting inside. However, the parties have become more and more elaborate, involving smoke bombs, fireworks, and other pyrotechnics that reveal the baby’s sex.

As these “gender reveal” parties have become more involved, there have been more accidents. In 2017, a “gender reveal” in Arizona resulted in a wildfire that burned 47,000 acres after a couple used Tannerite to explode into a blue cloud of smoke.  This past April, a “gender reveal” in Florida resulted in a 10-acre brush fire after a couple reportedly used a similar method to ignite a colored plume of smoke. In October 2019, a couple inadvertently built a makeshift pipe bomb to be used in a “gender reveal.” When detonated, shrapnel from the explosive went flying. A piece of metal hit and killed a grandmother who was standing 45 feet away from the explosive.

Ultimately, these parties are incredibly dangerous to both people attending as well as the surrounding landscapes. Sign this petition to urge the Governor of California to ban the use of explosives and pyrotechnics in “gender reveal” parties.


Dear Governor Newsom,

The birth of a baby should be a happy occasion. Instead, “gender reveal” parties that have become more and more elaborate have resulted in tragedy. In many cases, explosives and pyrotechnics involved in the parties are igniting brush and wildfires that destroy surrounding landscapes. In at least one incident in the past year, an attendee of one of these parties was killed by shrapnel after a homemade explosive was detonated.

The wildfires currently burning in California were ignited by a “gender reveal” party and have contributed to the state currently having the worst air quality in the world. I urge you to criminalize the use of explosives and pyrotechnics at “gender reveal” parties.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mel Melcon

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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Governor Newsom: You MUST CRIMINALIZE the use of explosives and pyrotechnics at “gender reveal” parties! These practices not only destroy homes, air quality & environments, but cause extreme and unnecessary loss of life – both HUMAN and ANIMAL!!!

  2. I can’t believe we are even being asked for our opinions here – OMG what in the hell is the matter with the justice system – you are letting these ignorant bastards burn up your country and killing people and animals and destroying everything in the way – these people responsible deserve the death penalty – no questions asked – get rid of them – this has to stop

  3. Gender reveal parties were a cute novelty that morphed into a fad whose time has come to an end. Enough is enough. We don’t need any more fires and destruction to the environment. Find a new way to reveal your baby’s gender, preferably one that doesn’t have the potential to cause mass destruction. How about something that’s quiet and takes place indoors where people should be in the wake of this pandemic.

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