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U.S. Forest Service releases video of gender reveal that caused 2017 massive wildfire

Posted at 5:13 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 09:04:36-05

TUCSON, Ariz. – The U.S. Forest Service released new video of the gender reveal party that sparked the 46,991-acre Sawmill Fire in 2017 near Tucson.

The video shows an explosion of blue before tall flames spread quickly through dry grass in the area.

U.S. Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey is suspected of shooting Tannerite, which caused the explosion seen in the video.

Dickey was sentenced to pay $100,000 and $500 every month for the next 20 years in October for the fire. He also agreed to appear in a public service announcement about the cause of the fire.

No one was hurt in the fire and no homes were lost, but the fire burned thousands of acres of state land.