Forest Service releases video of explosion that started 46000-acre fire

The damage and firefighting costs topped $8 million
The damage and firefighting costs topped $8 million
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28 November, 2018

Oh, and in case you're wondering, it's a boy. In this case, Dickey's plan was to shoot a rifle at a target containing Tannerite, a highly explosive substance that would have exploded to reveal either blue powder for a boy or pink powder for a girl. Blue smoke can briefly be seen billowing up before flames spread onto the surrounding shrubby grass. The fire scorched 45,000 acres in southern Arizona, reaching the Coronado National Forest, with 600 firefighters dispatched to battle the blaze which forced some 100 people to evacuate.

Agent Dickey said he attempted to put out the fire but when that failed, he reported it.

In the video, a man, whose identity was blurred, can be heard telling others to "start packing up" following the explosion.

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

An-off duty border patrol agent, 37-year-old Dennis Dickey, pleaded guilty to starting the "Sawmill Fire" last spring.

The 2017 fire near Green Valley burned 73 square miles
The 2017 fire near Green Valley burned 73 square miles

He also agreed to conduct a public service announcement with the U.S. Forest Service about the cause of the fire.

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".

Dickey will pay $220,000 in restitution for the fire.

Footage has been released showing the moment a large wildfire was sparked in Arizona by a "gender-reveal".

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