Gender reveal party ends in wildfire


At a gender reveal, you typically see a lot of blue or pink, depending on the baby’s gender. At this particular gender reveal, the scene was dominated by glowing reds and oranges as a massive wildfire tore through Arizona’s Coronado National Forest.

Things didn’t exactly go according to plan for Dennis Dickey, who inadvertently started the destructive Sawmill Fire in April 2017. For the big moment, the 37-year-old Border Patrol agent had planned to fire a rifle at a target filled with Tannerite, a highly explosive substance — the target would then burst into a dazzling display of blue or pink. Instead, the blast sent sparks into the dry brush, starting a fire that torched 47,000 acres of grasslands, displaced residents from their homes, required 800 firefighters to extinguish, and cost authorities over $8 million.

The 40 mph winds and dry conditions didn’t help the situation. The fire burned for nearly two weeks before firefighters were able to extinguish it though, luckily, no buildings were actually destroyed. While the incident occurred in 2017, Dickey pled guilty this week and agreed to a sentence of five years’ probation, along with a payment of $220,000 in restitution. In a court document, Forest Service Special Agent Brent Robinson said that Dickey “immediately reported the fire to law enforcement, cooperated, and admitted that he started the fire.”

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Dickey told the federal court judge, “It was a complete accident… I feel absolutely horrible about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life.”

Perhaps the most ironic piece of the story: the gender of his baby has yet to be revealed publically.

H/T: BuzzFeed News

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