The Border Patrol agent responsible for the Sawmill Fire pleaded guilty in September, but the video was just released.
Back in 2017, Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey had a grandiose idea for a gender reveal party. Instead of hitting a piñata or popping a balloon, he decided to shoot a target loaded with Tannerite, which would explode with blue or pink smoke, indicating whether his baby would be a boy or girl.
However, feelings of anticipation were quickly replaced by panic. The explosion created an uncontrollable fire, which ultimately burned about 47,000 acres in Arizona, demanded 800 firefighters and forced the evacuation of 100 people. The fire totaled in about $8.2 million worth of damage.
After submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Forest Service, the Arizona Daily Star was able to obtain the footage of the explosion, which certainly doesn't disappoint.
Watch the video below:
Dickey was ultimately sentenced to five years of probation and agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution, plus $120,000 in monthly payments over the next 20 years.
Though an honest mistake, this catastrophe could've been avoided by taking common-sense precautions. Arizona is obviously a very dry state, particularly in the southern region, where the gender reveal took place. At the time of the incident, winds were blowing upwards of 40 mph and a fire watch from the National Weather Service was in effect.
However, there was good news here. Aside from the massive wildfire, the gender reveal was a success, and there was no doubt a baby boy was on the way.
On the other hand, this was likely the most costly gender reveal party of all time.