Border Agent’s Gender-Reveal Explosion Causes Massive Arizona Wildfire

In September, Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey pleaded guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor charge of causing a fire without a permit.

The fire he started, known as the Sawmill Fire, burned 47,000 acres in southern Arizona in 2017 and required 800 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. In the end, more than 100 people had to evacuate their homes, and the cost of the fire and its damage came out to $8.2 million.

Dickey received a sentence of five years’ probation and an order to pay $220,000 in restitution. Now, courtesy of the Arizona Daily Star, we have footage of the exact moment that he realized this might not have been his smartest move.

In the clip, the result of agent Dennis Dickey’s decision to fire on a target labeled “BOY OR GIRL” and loaded with Tannerite-brand binary explosive becomes almost instantaneously apparent as surrounding dry grass catches on fire: