Gender reveal party couple face jail over deadly California wildfire

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A US couple whose gender reveal party last year was blamed for starting a deadly California wildfire face up to 20 years in prison, officials say. Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr and Angela Renee Jimenez have been charged with several offences, including involuntary manslaughter, over the El Dorado fire. Officials say a pyrotechnic device at the gender event last September sparked the blaze, in which one firefighter was killed and others were hurt. The couple have pleaded not guilty. The El Dorado fire spread over more than 22,000 acres in San Bernardino County, southern California, destroying homes and other properties. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, alleged that a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” used during a gender reveal party on 5 September was the cause of the blaze.(BBC)…[+]