Newly released video shows a baby gender reveal stunt that the U.S. Forest Service says was responsible for a massive wildfire. Upon impact, the target was to burst and reveal a cloud of either pink or blue colored smoke, meant to show the gender of the agent's baby-to-be.
In the clip, as the grass catches fire, a man can be heart shouting: "Start packing up". At the end of the video a voice can be heard shouting twice, "Start packing up!". He also was ordered to make an initial payment of US$100,000 in restitution and monthly payments of US$500.
Dennis Dickey started a $8.2 million fire at a gender reveal party. The Arizona Daily Star obtained the video below Monday from the U.S. Forest Service through the Freedom of Information Act. The Associated Press received the video from the Forest Service on Tuesday. Just as a colorful blast of blue explodes into the air, the field below is enveloped in flames. He added: "I feel absolutely awful about it". But the blue puffs as the target exploded might be a clue.
The fire burned almost 47,000 acres of state land in a little more than a week.
He was handed five years' probation as well as a fine of 200,000 U.S. dollars - and agreed to make a public service announcement about how the fire started. Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said she wasn't sure on Tuesday whether that's now in the works. Dickey lawyer Sean Chapman told the Daily Star that it happened at a party to announce that Dickey and his wife were having a boy. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life".