Video released of gender reveal that caused Arizona wildfire

Hannah Rogers
November 30, 2018

Newly released video from the U.S. Forest Service shows the moment a gender reveal party went horribly wrong.

As a gunshot rings out - apparently fired by expectant father and United States border patrol agent Dennis Dickey - the target explodes in a blue cloud, igniting the surrounding area in flames. He was holding an off duty party to celebrate his wife's pregnancy at which the gender of his baby was revealed.

He also agreed to conduct a public service announcement with the U.S. Forest Service about the cause of the fire. Near the end of the video, a male voice can be heard shouting, "Start packing up!"

The cost of the damage and firefighting topped $8 million.

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Federal prosecutors announced that 37-year-old Dennis Dickey, of Tucson, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. The Associated Press received the video from the Forest Service on Tuesday. I feel absolutely awful about it.

Dickey reported the fire immediately and admitted to starting it.

Dickey was off-duty when he hit a target loaded with Tannerite, a highly explosive material that has been linked to other Western wildfires, the Arizona Daily Star reported. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life". According to NBC News, the Sawmill fire burned some 47,000 acres and required a total of 800 firefighters to contain it.

It then explodes emitting a blue gaseous plume - lighting the grass on fire. He'll also pay monthly $US500 ($A690) instalments for the next two decades and be sentenced to five years of probation. Well, the US Forest Service has now released footage from the scene.

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