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Video shows Arizona fire started with gender reveal party

Video shows Arizona fire started with gender reveal party

A video released by the US Forest Service shows the moment when a baby gender reveal party in Arizona went horribly wrong, sparking a wildfire that burned almost 47,000 acres and caused more than $8 million in damage.

Last month Dennis Dickey, from Arizona, pleaded guilty to igniting the fire which caused over $11.3 million in damage in April past year during a gender reveal stunt. Upon impact, the target was to burst and reveal a cloud of either pink or blue colored smoke, meant to show the gender of the agent's baby-to-be.

Those flames quickly fanned and started a blaze which became known as the Sawmill Fire when it raged in April past year.

A figure in the video, who is blocked out, is later seen running into the field as another person off-camera yells out, "Start packing up".

Dickey pled guilty to accidentally starting the fire in September. The Forest Service apparently released the video to the Arizona Daily Star as part of the Freedom of Information Act.

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The Arizona Daily Star obtained the video from the U.S. Forest Service through a public-records request. A target reading "boy" and "girl" exploded with blue smoke before flames spread. He added: "I feel absolutely terrible about it".

He reported the fire immediately to law enforcement on April 23, 2017 and was cooperative in the Forest Service investigation, authorities said.

Dickey said he tried to put the fire out before reporting it. He'll also pay monthly $US500 ($A690) instalments for the next two decades and be sentenced to five years of probation.

It then explodes emitting a blue gaseous plume - lighting the grass on fire.

The Sawmill fire burned through almost 47,000 acres and needed about 800 fire fighters to put it out. The Coronado National Forest is federal land operated by the US Forest Service. He told a judge that it was a complete accident, calling it the worst day of his life.


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