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Gender reveal prank sparks massive bushfire involving 800 fire fighters

30 November 2018

Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey was celebrating with family and friends during a gender reveal party on April 23, 2017 when things went very wrong, very fast.

The party took place a year ago on April 23 and was meant to reveal the gender of the host couple's soon-to-arrive baby, but the explosive reveal instead set fire to the surrounding area, causing a 47,000-acre wildfire and damages worth millions of dollars. The fire he started, known as the Sawmill Fire, burned 47,000 acres in southern Arizona in 2017 and required 800 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. A man's voice yells, "start packing up! start packing up!" He also was ordered to make an initial payment of $100,000 in restitution and monthly payments of $500.

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

The video, obtained by the Arizona Daily Star from the U.S. Forest Service through the Freedom of Information Act, is below.

But for more than a year, the U.S. Forest Service refused to release the video of the genesis of a fire the size of American Samoa.

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Dickey shot a target containing Tannerite, a legal, but very powerful explosive.

The rectangular target with a diamond checkered design marked with "boy" or "girl" explodes, sending a blue substance in to the air. He added: "I feel absolutely awful about it". When the gator snapped its jaws, the watermelon exploded, spilling blue Jell-O onto the grass. Well, the US Forest Service has now released footage from the scene. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life.", Dickey said. Dickey lawyer Sean Chapman told the Daily Star that it happened at a party to announce that Dickey and his wife were having a boy.

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Gender reveal prank sparks massive bushfire involving 800 fire fighters