Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Video shows Arizona fire started with gender reveal party

Video shows Arizona fire started with gender reveal party

It took nearly 800 firefighters at a cost of $8.2 million to extinguish.

In the video, which was taken by a party attendee and later released to The Arizona Daily Star, the sound of a gunshot is heard before the target explodes.

As sparks flew from the target, the dry grass quickly caught aflame and before any knew what was happening, the whole area was alight.

Video captures dramatic moment that caused Sawmill Fire

The fire burned 47,000 acres. A man's voice yells, "start packing up! start packing up!"

Dickey shot a rifle at the target, which contained the highly explosive substance Tannerite, thus sparking the fast-moving blaze.

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

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

Dennis Dickey, 37, of Tucson, Arizona, immediately reported the fire - which became known as the Sawmill Fire - and admitted to starting it, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

Dickey agreed to a sentence of five years' probation. "Dickey also agreed to make an initial payment of $100,000 toward the restitution judgement and monthly payments thereafter".

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Perhaps the constant one-upmanship when it comes to gender reveals should be kept to cake cutting or balloon releases, especially given the fact that some 80 people died and hundreds are still missing as a result of the latest wildfires in California.

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