In today’s culture, everyone seeks the next big thing- the most grandiose way to do something. Now many are taking their gender reveal of a new child to the next level. What could possibly go wrong?
Apparently, a lot.
In one instance, a couple from Mato Grosso, Brazil, dyed a waterfall to match the gender of their child.
The waterfall turned a bright blue, revealing that they were having a boy. It also sparked a government investigation.
As reported by The Western Journal,
Mato Grosso’s Public Ministry said putting a substance in the water “constitutes an infraction” against a Brazilian law that bans “throwing solid, liquid or gaseous waste or debris, oils or oily substances” into the environment.
The couple could face a fine for a violation that is anywhere from around $900 to $10,000, according to the Washington Post.
Of course, comments came out about the incident, with one Twitter user saying, “Seriously, they thought it was a good idea to put dye in a waterfall?!”
Sadly, this isn’t the first time a gender reveal went wrong.
In 2020, according to a state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection news release, a massive forest fire in San Bernardino County, California, was “caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used during a gender reveal party.”
The fire destroyed almost 23,000 acres and caused the death of a firefighter, according to the San Bernardino Sun.
The couple, Refugio and Angelina Jimenez, are now facing 30 criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter.
In another reveal gone wrong, in 2019, a plane crashed in Texas. The plane was carrying 350 gallons of pink water for someone’s special moment. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in that instance.
In 2017, an off-duty Border Patrol agent in Arizona decided he wanted the announce the gender of his child by shooting at a target that contained the explosive substance Tannerite, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
The reveal went wrong and resulted in a fire that caused more than $8.2 million in damage in an area south of Tucson.
The agent and new dad were fined $220,000 after he pleaded guilty to the stunt.
The act of bringing a new life into the world should be enough to celebrate with friends and family. Sadly many are trying to seek fame and possible fortune by turning a special moment into a ‘like’ on social media or the next viral video.
We can all agree that having a party and celebrating is fine, just as long as no damage occurs in the process.
É sério que acharam uma boa ideia colocar corante numa cachoeira?!
Tantas maneiras de fazer um chá revelação e conseguiram escolher justo uma com impacto ambiental. pic.twitter.com/YePJ0lPhhQ
— A Eng. Florestal do YouTube 🌳 (@vanecosta10) September 26, 2022