Footage Released Of Explosive Gender-Reveal That Sparked Massive Wildfire
30 November, 2018, 02:15
Video has been released showing how an off-duty Border Patrol agent celebrating his wife's pregnancy past year accidentally started a 47,000-acre wildfire that took almost 800 firefighters to extinguish.
Dennis Dickey, 37, and his wife Rita, planned to reveal the sex of their baby to friends and relatives by setting off an explosive device filled with coloured powder - blue to indicate a boy.
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". In the end, more than 100 people had to evacuate their homes, and the cost the fire and its damage came out to $8.2 million.
Dickey pled guilty to accidentally starting the fire in September.
In April 2017, a family started a massive wildfire in Arizona with a gender-reveal stunt.
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Dickey told authorities he constructed the target with an explosive substance known as Tannerite. A target reading "boy" and "girl" exploded with blue smoke before flames spread. I feel absolutely frightful about it.
An exploding target to reveal a baby's gender is rare. According to NBC News, the Sawmill fire burned some 47,000 acres and required a total of 800 firefighters to contain it. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life", he added. Well, the US Forest Service has now released footage from the scene. He will spend five years on probation and has agreed to pay restitution totaling $8,188,069, the USA attorney's office said in a news release.
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