Video shows moment when gender-reveal bomb sparked $8M Sawmill Fire

Video shows moment when gender-reveal bomb sparked $8M Sawmill Fire

The footage, obtained by the Arizona Daily Star and other media outlets, shows the massive Sawmill Fire starting in the Santa Rita Mountain foothills on April 23, 2017. Newly released video from the U.S. Forest Service shows the moment a gender reveal party went horribly wrong. It instead caused an explosion that started the fire.

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".

The incident, which happened in April 2017, resulted in 800 firefighters being called as the fire burned for nearly two weeks.

The newspaper also reported that the exploding target contained tannerite, a legal substance that explodes when shot by a firearm.

"I feel absolutely awful about it".

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The Forest Service apparently released the video to the Arizona Daily Star as part of the Freedom of Information Act.

The Sawmill Fire burned almost 47,000 acres owned by the state of Arizona and various federal agencies. The off-duty border patrol agent said he was trying to surprise his family with the gender of his wife's unborn child. The fire eventually spread over 47,000 acres of grasslands, and while no one was injured, the fire also caused over $8 million in damages.

Dickey was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay $8.1 million in restitution; $100,000 up front with monthly payments thereafter.

Speaking to US Magistrate Judge Leslie Bowman last September, Dickey told the official that the fire was a "complete accident".




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