Baby gender reveal celebration explosion started $8.2m Arizona wildfire


Boy or girl? Either way, this Arizona couple sure wasn't expecting a fire.

The US Forest Service released video footage this week in which a gender-reveal gag is shown to be the cause for the Sawmill Fire that resulted in $8.2 million worth of damage for the state of Arizona in 2017.

Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey, his wife, and others had set out to Coronado National Forest, near Green Valley, for a good-old-fashioned, gun-themed gender-reveal party. When the target is hit, a flash of blue powder briefly appears before an explosion takes over the area, lighting the Sawmill Fire.

"Start packing up!" a man yells off camera.

The incident, which happened in April 2017, resulted in 800 firefighters being called as the fire burned for nearly two weeks. He mixed colored powder into a Tannerite exploding target which would show blue or pink smoke when shot with a rifle.

Dickey pled guilty to accidentally starting the fire in September.

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The Arizona Daily Star reported on the video it obtained on Monday through a public records request, and it was shared widely on social media. He's now been sentenced to 5 years probation.

One of the commenters where the video is posted on YouTube, wrote, "I feel bad for the poor baby boy who's inheriting those genes".

The Sawmill Fire burned almost 47,000 acres owned by the state of Arizona and various federal agencies, and caused more than $8 million in damage.

He also repeatedly told the judge that the fire was "a complete accident".

The wildfire would spread over 47,000 acres of land and cost more than $8 million in damage. He also was ordered to make an initial payment of US$100,000 in restitution and monthly payments of US$500.

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