Why Pyrotechnics for a Baby?

Kaed Wisneski, IV Leader Staff

By now we all have heard about the devastating California fires caused by a gender reveal party. There are a lot of things I would love to say about it, but I’ll try to keep my thoughts as organized as possible. Firstly, I’ll tell you how the fires started. A “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” is what set off the El Dorado fire. The party, which was held at El Dorado Ranch Park, is the point of origin of the fiWhy pyrotechnics for a baby?

I am saddened that a beautiful park is burnt to a crisp. The carelessness and irresponsibility from the family that caused the fire is infuriating. On one hand, I feel bad for the family, because they did not anticipate that they would start a massive wildfire and just wanted to have a special day. But on the other hand, I hope the repercussions to their actions are met with an equal severity as the fire.

Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes, over 9,000 acres have been obliterated by the fire, and a dozen homes have been destroyed. Not only do residents in San Bernardino and countless towns around there must worry about a fire on top of the coronavirus. CA.gov has recently reported that 23% of the fire has been contained over the course of four days. 

It is disheartening to see what should have been a fun day turn into a nightmare, but the people that caused the fire still need to take responsibility for their colossal mess-up. They have worked with authorities, but that is not enough. Thousands of people are displaced, homes are wrecked, and wildlife is struggling in San Bernardino. It baffles me how careless people can be. A pyrotechnic machine for a gender reveal party? Be normal and just get a water balloon with blue or pink confetti in it and throw it!