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Authorities release footage of gender reveal party that started a 47,000-acre wildfire

Authorities release footage of gender reveal party that started a 47,000-acre wildfire

Footage from the gender reveal party that caused a massive wildfire

An April 2017 gender reveal party led to a 47,000-acre forest fire in Arizona. Causing millions of dollars worth of damage, US Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey was behind the incident.

The video

Now, authorities have released video footage of the incident.

Background

Dickey has since pled guilty to a misdemeanor violation of US Forest Service regulations for igniting the fire.

The incident occurred on 23 April, 2017. Steering away from traditional gender reveal methods, like biting into a cupcake to find pink or blue frosting, Dickey decided to take a more dangerous route.

Dickey and his family set up a target filled with Tannerite, a highly explosive substance. Dickey then shot a rifle at the target, where blue or pink powder would explode.

What he was not expecting, however, was to ignite a wildfire that spread to Coronado National Forest in Arizona.

It’s a boy!

The gender of the baby was never revealed amid the blaze. But now, the footage reveals the target exploded with blue powder.

Congrats on your son, Dickey! Maybe one day he’ll be able to laugh this off.

Twitter reactions

People took to Twitter to react to this newly-released footage.