Forest Service releases video of gender reveal explosion that caused wildfire

by Garry Watts November 28, 2018, 0:37
Forest Service releases video of gender reveal explosion that caused wildfire

Video of a U.S. Border Patrol agent's gender-reveal party explosion that sparked Arizona's Sawmill Fire a year ago was released by the U.S. Forest Service on Monday.

Remember the gender reveal party that went horrifically wrong and ended up causing a massive 47,000-acre wildfire that cost $8 million (£6.2m) to deal with? He was holding an off duty party to celebrate his wife's pregnancy at which the gender of his baby was revealed.

The shot shows the words "BOY" and "GIRL" written across a target that's surrounded by tall grass.

The Arizona Daily Star obtained the video from the U.S. Forest Service through a public-records request.

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"Start packing up!" a man shouts. "Dickey fired shots at the Tannerite target, ultimately causing an explosion that started a fire that spread and resulted in damage to more than 45,000 acres of land managed by the State of Arizona, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and various private landholders".

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".

He pleaded guilty in September to a misdemeanor charge of causing a fire without a permit and agreed to pay a $220,000 fine, according to the Arizona Daily Star. If correct, this would put the temperature at the fire origin between 90 and 100 degrees.

Dickey's sentence also included five years of probation.

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