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

Video released by the U.S. Forest Service on Monday shows how an explosion at a gender reveal party caused a devastating wildfire in Arizona a year ago.

He fired a rifle at a target that was supposed to reveal the gender of his unborn baby. The damage and firefighting costs topped $8 million.

The Arizona Daily Star obtained the video from the U.S. Forest Service through a public-records request. You can briefly see a cloud of blue - it's a boy! - before the grass around the target quickly goes up in flames.

The incident, which happened in April 2017, resulted in 800 firefighters being called as the fire burned for nearly two weeks.

"Dickey had placed Tannerite, a highly explosive substance, inside the target, intending for it to detonate when shot by a high-velocity firearm bullet", the Department of Justice said in a statement in September.

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

Dickey reported the fire immediately and admitted igniting it, the US Forest Service said.

At the end of the video, a man can be heard yelling twice for people to, "Start packing up".

Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey has pleaded guilty to starting the fire. He's now been sentenced to 5 years probation. "Dickey also agreed to make an initial payment of $100,000 toward the restitution judgement and monthly payments thereafter".

One such gender reveal has however been discovered as the source of a 2017 wildfire in Arizona.

  • Joey Payne