Footage Released Of Explosive Gender-Reveal That Sparked Massive Wildfire

Dennis Dickey started a $8.2 million fire at a gender reveal party

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. In this case, Dickey's plan was to shoot a rifle at a target containing Tannerite, a highly explosive substance that would have exploded to reveal either blue powder for a boy or pink powder for a girl.

But the resulting flames began burning nearby grass and went on to spread throughout the area.

On the day the fire started, Wildfire Today estimated the temperature had been 90 and 100 degrees.

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

Dennis Dickey and his wife Rita had a little boy
Camera Icon Dennis Dickey and his wife Rita had a little

In the video, a man, whose identity was blurred, can be heard telling others to "start packing up" following the explosion.

"I feel absolutely frightful about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life", he said at the time.

Federal prosecutors announced that 37-year-old Dennis Dickey, of Tucson, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. In a plea agreement, Dickey agreed to five years probation and will pay $220,000 in restitution.

Following the court case, local news outlet the Arizona Daily Star submitted a Freedom of Information request to find out the gender of the baby, which, until now, hadn't been revealed to the public.



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