Video Released Of The Gender Reveal Party That Caused Massive Wildfire

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An Arizona border patrol agent admitted he accidentally started a Santa Rita Mountain foothills fire in 2017 that sparked a massive blaze after he detonated a gender-reveal explosive (we didn't know those were a thing). The target was supposed to burst pink or blue to reveal to attendees whether Dickey and his wife were expecting a boy or a girl.

It was later discovered that the shooting target contained Tannerite, a legal brand of highly explosive substance that erupts when shot by a high-velocity bullet. A man's voice yells, "start packing up! start packing up!"

An American couple accidentally started a 47,000-acre wildfire that took nearly 800 firefighters to extinguish when their gender reveal went horribly wrong.

"I feel absolutely frightful about it".

The Sawmill fire burned through almost 47,000 acres and needed about 800 fire fighters to put it out.




As part of a plea agreement, Dickey agreed to five years of probation and to make a public service announcement about the cause of the Sawmill Fire with the Forest Service. He told a judge that it was a complete accident, calling it the worst day of his life.

The US Customs and Border Protection said on Tuesday that Dennis Dickey still is employed with the agency's Tucson sector.

He has to pay more than $8 million in restitution, starting with a $100,000 initial payment and monthly payments thereafter, authorities said.

A news release from the USA attorney's office said Agent Dickey will make an initial payment of $100,000, then make monthly payments after that.

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