Elaborate gender reveal goes $11 million worth of seriously wrong

Video captures dramatic moment that caused Sawmill Fire

The US Forest Service released video footage this week in which a gender-reveal gag is shown to be the cause for the Sawmill Fire that resulted in $8.2 million worth of damage for the state of Arizona in 2017.

As a gunshot rings out - apparently fired by expectant father and USA border patrol agent Dennis Dickey - the target explodes in a blue cloud, igniting the surrounding area in flames. 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.

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

At the end of the video, a man can be heard yelling twice for people to, "Start packing up".

Firefighters from at least 20 agencies fought the fire for about a week, the affiliate reported.

A video released Monday by the U.S. Forest Service shows the target explode after being hit with gunfire, sending a blue substance into the air.

"I feel absolutely awful about it". He also will be sentenced to 5 years of probation and agreed to participate in a public service announcement with the U.S. Forest Service concerning the cause of the Sawmill fire. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life.", Dickey said. The damage and firefighting costs topped $8 million.

Dickey, who is expected to keep his job as a Border Patrol agent, will borrow from his retirement fund to help pay for the restitution.

"It was a complete accident", Dickey told a judge on Friday.

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