Queensland Police release dramatic gender reveal video to show dangers of 'burnout' parties

The Queensland Police Service has released a shocking video of a 'burnout' gender reveal party gone wrong in order to issue a warning for parents-to-be. 

The drone video, shot in the Gold Coast, Australia, shows the first part of the 'burnout' reveal going to plan.

The footage captures guests celebrating as a black Holden drives along while spewing blue smoke, indicating the couple in the video are expecting a boy. 

The 'burnout' gender reveal was initially going to plan.
The 'burnout' gender reveal was initially going to plan. Photo credit: 7 News.

However, the video suddenly takes a dramatic turn when, after driving just 100 metres, the car comes to a stop and explodes into flames. 

Panicked party-goers run to free the driver from the flaming vehicle. The driver safely escapes the fire.

Australian outlet 10 Daily News reported the driver, 30-year-old Samual Montesalvo, was convicted of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.  

The car (and the party) quickly went up in flames.
The car (and the party) quickly went up in flames. Photo credit: 7 News.

Montesalvo was also fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for six months. 

Although the terrifying incident took place in April 2018, Queensland Police have gone public with the footage to warn Australians about the dangers of 'burnout' gender reveal parties.

The risky 'burnout' parties have become popular all over Australia, with 7 News reporting failed parties have taken place in both South Australia and Sydney over the past year. 

The 'burnout' theme spread to the United States, with a gender reveal party triggering a wildfire in Arizona in 2018. 

According to CNN, off-duty Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey started a fire when he shot a target reading "Boy", which was packed with the highly explosive Tannerite. 

The target released blue smoke, but engulfed the surrounding bush. The flames reportedly spread to the Coronado National Forest and became the destructive Sawmill Fire. 

Dickey pled guilty to a misdemeanour violation and was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay NZ$320,070. 

 

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