Man shoots box of explosives in an elaborate gender reveal ploy, starts over $6million wildfire.
Remember the gender reveal party that went horrifically wrong and ended up causing a massive 47,000-acre wildfire that cost $8 million (£6.2m) to deal with? Well, the US Forest Service has now released footage from the scene. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, it’s a boy. So, congratulations, I guess?
The fire was started after happy, expectant dad Dennis Dickey and his wife gathered some pals and headed to the Coronado National Forest, Arizona, to find out the gender of their unborn baby.
As part of their reveal celebrations, Dickey was to shoot at a target that was filled with powder, which would either burst and show blue (for a boy) or pink (for a girl) – sounds straightforward enough, doesn’t it? Except added to the powder was a substance called Tannerite, which is legal, but as we can all now see, is also very explosive.
As sparks flew from the target, the dry grass quickly caught aflame and before any knew what was happening, the whole area was alight.
The incident, which happened in April 2017, resulted in 800 firefighters being called as the fire burned for almost two weeks.
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