An American couple faces 20 years in jail, charged with activate a smoke bomb to reveal the sex of her baby, sparking a wildfire in San Bernardino, California that burned more than 9,000 acres and killed a firefighter, informs CBS Los Angeles.
The fire, caused by a malfunctioning pyrotechnic device, started on September 5, 2020 and could only be extinguished on November 16, having burned by then 9,178 hectares in the San Bernardino National Forest. The incident left one dead, firefighter Charlie Morton, and 12 injured. Four houses were damaged, while five residences and 15 other structures were destroyed.
The San Bernardino County district attorney announced Tuesday that Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angelina Renee Jimenez are each facing one felony charge of involuntary manslaughter, three felony counts of recklessly causing a fire causing significant bodily injury. They also face four felony counts of recklessly setting fire to inhabited structures and 22 misdemeanor counts of recklessly setting fire to other people’s property. The couple pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
The Prosecutor’s Office requested bail, but they were released on their own responsibility, He said The prosecutor.