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

30 November, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Footage of explosive gender reveal party that sparked Arizona wildfire released

A newly revealed video shows the stunt at a gender-reveal party for a U.S. Border Patrol agent's baby that sparked a massive wildfire in Arizona past year.

After Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey shot a package of colored explosive at his baby's gender-reveal party, grasses and shrubs lit up and spread across a mountainside. The target was supposed to burst pink or blue to reveal to attendees whether Dickey and his wife were expecting a boy or a girl.

The explosion caused the surrounding dry grass to catch on fire. Near the end of the video, a male voice can be heard shouting, "Start packing up!"

His gender reveal party was on April 23, 2017, according to CNN affiliate KGUN-TV.


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.

It was later discovered that the shooting target contained Tannerite, a legal brand of highly explosive substance that erupts when shot by a high-velocity bullet. He added: "I feel absolutely terrible about it".

Dickey was off duty at the time and reported the fire right away.

"It was a complete accident", Dickey told U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman in court in September, the Daily Star reported. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life.", Dickey said. He agreed to a sentence of five years of probation and will make a public service announcement with the Forest Service about the cause of the blaze. But the blue puffs as the target exploded might be a clue. The Coronado National Forest is federal land operated by the US Forest Service.

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