Family Under Investigation After Turning Stunt Blue During Gender Reveal Stunt

A family is being investigated after they apparently contaminated a Brazilian waterfall and river with blue dye in an outrageous gender reveal stunt.

Viral videos of last Sunday’s exaggerated stunt in the state of Mato Grosso have caught the attention of environmental officials, according to multiple media outlets.

The hit was a violation of Brazil’s federal environmental law, a spokesperson for the Mato Grosso environmental protection agency told The Washington Post.

An unidentified family member behind the stunt is accused of harming the environment, and an ongoing investigation will determine penalties and costs, according to the agency.

Investigators “will determine if there has been any environmental damage, based on the materials released into the water,” Brazilian environmental authority SEMA (Secretaria de Estado de Meio Ambiente do Mato Grosso) noted in a statement translated by Gizmodo. .

On Monday, investigators found “no changes in physical water parameters, such as color and the like, and no evidence of local fish kills,” according to SEMA.

Nonetheless, the agency said spilling a substance into water “constitutes an offence” under Brazilian law and penalties can reach the equivalent of $9,300.

The 59-foot-tall waterfall is located in the town of Tangará da Serra, a popular region for ecotourism. The waterfall spills into the Queima Pé River, which is an important source of fresh water for the community, which is struggling with a severe drought.

Most people who responded to the video on social media were outraged by the ‘gender reveal’, an event that increasingly pits couples against each other to showcase the most narcissistically outrageous, often reckless extravaganzas .

Last year, a California couple were charged with manslaughter after the smoke bomb they used at a gender reveal party ignited a huge forest fire. Last year, a gender reveal stunt off the coast of Mexico also ended in tragedy when a plane announcing the baby’s gender crashed into the sea, killing two people on board.

“So many ways to have a gender reveal party and they chose the one that impacts the environment,” wrote Vanessa Costa, a Brazilian forestry engineer and content creator. Twitter.

She added in an Instagram post, “Dyeing the water is pollution. You are polluting those waters, and that is an environmental impact,” she said.

Another wrote: “Who needs clean water when you get likes?”

“What happened to cutting a cake?” Why does nature continue to be damaged because these people think they are special? a critic on social media responded to the stunt, The Independent reported.


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