Forest Service releases video of explosion that started 46000-acre fire

Forest Service releases video of explosion that started 46000-acre fire

Forest Service releases video of explosion that started 46000-acre fire

The clip that was shot in Green Valley, Arizona, shows a makeshift target with the words "boy" and "girl" in an area of remote scrubland.

Newly released video shows the moment an off-duty border patrol agent's explosive gender reveal party for his family and friends sparked a massive wildfire that spread to Coronado National Forest in Arizona.

Time reported that in 2017, Dennis Dickey, a border patrol agent from Arizona, was excited at welcoming a new baby into his family and chose to have an unforgettable gender reveal.

Dickey and his wife Rita had planned the elaborate reveal to announce the gender of their third child and it was filled with blue powder for a boy. The forest service investigated the fire, which authorities said caused more than $8 million in suppression costs and damages.

"Start packing up!" a man yells off camera.

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

An explosive package filled with coloured powder detonates in this still image captured from video in April 2017 near Tucson Arizona

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

The resulting inferno burned through 47,000 acres and caused $8Million in Damages.

Dickey, 37, of Tucson pleaded guilty in September to having started the Sawmill Fire.

The fire burned almost 47,000 acres of state land in a little more than a week. He also agreed to pay more than $8 million in restitution.

Speaking in court, he told the judge: "It was a complete accident".

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

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