Video Released Of The Gender Reveal Party That Caused Massive Wildfire

Video Released Of The Gender Reveal Party That Caused Massive Wildfire

Video Released Of The Gender Reveal Party That Caused Massive Wildfire

A newly released video shows a gender reveal party that sparked a wildfire a year ago in Arizona. The target exploded as planned, revealing the blue powder, but it started what became the Sawmill Fire.

"The total losses attributable to the fire, including suppression costs and damage to land and landholdings, totaled more than $8 million", the USA attorney's office for the district of Arizona noted.

Well, the US Forest Service has now released footage from the scene. Blue smoke can briefly be seen billowing up before flames spread onto the surrounding shrubby grass.

The incident, which happened in April 2017, resulted in 800 firefighters being called as the fire burned for nearly two weeks. A man's voice yells, "start packing up! start packing up!"

Dennis Dickey and his wife Rita had a little boy
Camera Icon Dennis Dickey and his wife Rita had a little

An off-duty Border Patrol agent, Dennis Dickey, filled a target with a colored powder, to reveal the gender of his unborn baby.

The explosion was caused by Tannerite, which was packed into the target. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life", he said at the time.

He agreed to pay $100,000 immediately and will make monthly payments going forward. He will face five years' probation.

Following the court case, local news outlet the Arizona Daily Star submitted a Freedom of Information request to find out the gender of the baby, which, until now, hadn't been revealed to the public.

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