How A Gender-Reveal Stunt Sparked A Massive Wildfire

Video captures dramatic moment that caused Sawmill Fire

Footage Released Of Explosive Gender-Reveal That Sparked Massive Wildfire

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.

Explosive targets, which are popular for baby gender-reveal parties, have grown popular and caused many fires, reports Wildfire Today. Someone shouts, "Start packing up!" He also has to pay more than $8 million in restitution.

Dickey was charged with starting the fire on September 27, the Star reported.

In April 2017, a family started a massive wildfire in Arizona with a gender-reveal stunt. The Associated Press received the video from the Forest Service on Tuesday.

The Justice Department said that Dickey had placed a highly explosive substance known as Tannerite inside the display and then shot it with a rifle.

In the video, blue smoke - presumably indicating that the baby was a boy - can be seen briefly as the sparks ignite the dry grass all around the target. He added: "I feel absolutely frightful about it".

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

The fire burned almost 47,000 acres of state land in a little more than a week.

During the court appearance in which he was sentenced, Dickey told the judge the fire "was a complete accident", the Daily Star reported. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life". Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said she wasn't sure on Tuesday whether that's now in the works.

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