Video of a US Border Patrol agent’s gender-reveal party explosion that sparked Arizona’s Sawmill Fire last year was released by the US Forest Service on Monday.
The shot shows the words “BOY” and “GIRL” written across a target that’s surrounded by tall grass. When the target is hit, a flash of blue powder briefly appears before an explosion takes over the area, lighting the Sawmill Fire.
The New York Post Reports:
Dennis Dickey, 37, of Tucson, pleaded guilty in September to igniting the fire, which burned more than 45,000 acres (70 square miles) and caused more than $8 million worth of damage in April 2017.
Dickey shot a rifle at the target, which contained the highly explosive substance Tannerite, thus sparking the fast-moving blaze.
The then-off-duty Border Patrol agent reported the fire immediately and admitted being the cause of ignition.
As part of a plea agreement, Dickey agreed to five years of probation and to make a public service announcement about the cause of the Sawmill Fire with the Forest Service. He also agreed to pay more than $8 million in restitution.
From The New York Post