Gender-reveal stunt sparked 45000-acre wildfire that did $8M in damage

28 November, 2018, 11:36 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • The fire burned for almost two weeks. Credit US Forest Service

The United States Forest Service released video from its investigation of the origins of the Sawmill Fire.

Dickey, 37, immediately reported the fire and admitted to being responsible for it, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona.

Border Patrol Agent Dennis Dickey has pleaded guilty to starting an Arizona fire that caused millions of dollars in damage, when his gender reveal celebration went terribly wrong.

"I feel absolutely disgusting about it".

Check out the explosion that sparked the blaze in the clip above.

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The incident happened back in Arizona in April 2017, but now thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Arizona Daily Star the video has been made public. The off-duty border patrol agent said he was trying to surprise his family with the gender of his wife's unborn child.

Dickey's sentence also included five years of probation.

Speaking in court, he told the judge: "It was a complete accident".

He also was ordered to make an initial payment of $138,000 in restitution and monthly payments of $690. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life". The target exploded as planned, revealing the blue powder, but it started what became the Sawmill Fire.

An elaborate gender reveal caused $11 million in damages. Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said she wasn't sure on Tuesday whether that's now in the works. "It's true. When you see that video, you see how quickly the grasses catch on fire and how quickly it moves".

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