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Watch the moment a gender reveal stunt goes disastrously wrong

Video footage has captured the dramatic moment a gender reveal stunt goes disastrously wrong and leaves a car engulfed in flames.

The car was filmed doing 'burnouts' on a rural road in Queensland, Australia, causing clouds of blue smoke to billow from the tires, to reveal the expectant parents were having a baby boy.

But instead of being a light-hearted way to reveal the gender of their unborn baby, the stunt turns much more dangerous.

After driving a short distance, the Holden Commodore bursts into flames, leaving panicked onlookers rushing to pull the driver from the front seat, away from the flame-engulfed car.

The car emits blue smoke to reveal the couple are having a baby boy, before the stunt goes wrong. Credit: Queensland Police

A 29-year-old man was later convicted of one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

The dramatic turn of events happened on April last year on the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, but Queensland Police have released the footage in a bid to deter other drives from trying similar stunts.

Gender reveal parties have become the latest craze for parents-to-be to share the happy news of whether they will be having a boy or a girl.

But it is not the first time a gender reveal has taken a turn for the worse.

Onlookers rush to pull the driver from the flame-engulfed car. Credit: Queensland Police

Last year video was released of a party in Arizona, US, which caused a 45,000-acre fire.

The blaze, near Green Valley in Arizona, was started by an off-duty border patrol agent who was attempting a stunt in which he shot a rifle at a target in the middle of a grassy area.

Blue smoke was emitted but the sparks ignited the dry grass all around the target and the flames quickly fanned.

The fire caused more than eight million US dollars’ worth of damage.