Car catches fire after celebratory gender reveal burnout

Excitement turns to terror for expecting parents as a car bursts into flames at a burnout gender reveal party

  • Burnout revealing the gender of a baby goes horribly wrong captured on video
  • Holden sedan caught on fire and engulfed into flames with the driver still inside 
  • Man was later charged over the incident on the Gold Coast last April
  • Police released drone footage to warn others against planning similar stunts

Dramatic drone footage has captured the terrifying moment a celebratory burnout revealing the gender of a baby went horribly wrong.

Queensland Police released footage of the dangerous stunt on the Gold Coast where a man’s car caught fire and sustained extensive damage during a burnout to unveil the gender of a baby last year.  

The incident involving a black 2017 Holden Senator sedan occurred in the suburb of Norwell in the city’s north on April 14 last year.

Plumes of blue smoke reveal a baby boy is on the way before the burnout goes horribly wrong

The footage shows a crowd of excited onlookers cheering on the driver on and recording the celebrations as plumes of bright blue smoke fill the air.

But 100 metres down the road, the burnout take an almost tragic turn for worse as the car catches alight and erupts into flames.

The driver had be pulled from the burning wreckage as he and onlookers flee the scene, still filming the festivities on their phones.

Police investigated the incident and arrested a then 29-year-old Nerang man the next day. 

He was charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

The stunt then goes horribly wrong as the car erupts into flames while the driver is still inside

‘The case was finalised in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court last year,’ a police statement read.

Police released the footage on Tuesday as a warning to other expectant parents thinking of planning a similar stunt.

Charges were also laid against a group in western Sydney in April after their gender reveal burnout in a Silverdale cul-de-sac went viral on social media.

The Ford Falcon XR6 turbo was confiscated by police for three months and four people were charged. 

The driver had his licence suspended for six months. 

A man was charged over the Gold Coast incident and was dealt with by the courts last year

Another car sustained extensive damage in a separate incident at Meningie in South Australia last December.

The cheers from bystanders turns to screams after the rear passenger’s-side tyre catches on fire as black smoke replaces the pink plumes.

South Australian Police condemned the incident at the time, saying it could have caused a bushfire.

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