Forest Service releases video of gender reveal explosion that caused wildfire
TUCSON, Ariz. (KSAZ/AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has released video showing an off-duty Border Patrol agent's gender-reveal party explosion that caused a massive wildfire last year in Arizona.
The video shows the words "Boy and "Girl" written across a target that's surrounded by tall grass in Green Valley. When the target is hit, a flash of blue powder appears before the explosion sparked the Sawmill Fire, which burned more than 45,000 acres of state and federal land.
The damage was estimated to be more than $8 million.
Federal prosecutors announced that 37-year-old Dennis Dickey, of Tucson, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. He will face five years' probation.
Dickey reported the fire immediately and admitted to starting it.
The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.