Gender reveal goes horribly wrong after dad-to-be starts a week-long forest fire in Arizona
Father-to-be wanted to make his gender reveal one to remember, but never did he expect for the party to be so costly.
The footage was taken on April 23, 2017, and it has finally surfaced thanks to the US Forest Service.
Somewhere near the Green Valley, Arizona desert a target was shot and set off a week-long wildfire.
A father in Arizona pleaded guilty to sparking a massive wildfire, during his gender reveal party last year, that ended up burning more than 45,000 acres. Authorities said the fire caused more than $8 million in damages; the father has been ordered to begin paying it back. pic.twitter.com/AJgkmLS7Nt
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 28, 2018
The man responsible? US Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey.
Dickey, 37, packed the target with a highly explosive substance called and as you could imagine, that doesn’t fair to well with a rifle. The explosion was only supposed to set off colors of pink or blue, but the crowd was in for a rude surprise.
In September, Dickey pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of US Forest Service regulations and was sentenced to five years’ probation, CNN reported. He was also ordered to pay a little over $8 in restitution. The first payment starting at $100,000. Yikes!
Let’s assume no one will be getting Christmas presents for…oh I don’t know 81 years?!
But Twitter user Matthew Keys says Dickey may not be liable for the entire $8 millions.
The $8 million is in restitution, not a fine. The $500 goes toward the restitution, and the courts don’t typically enforce that once a person is off probation. After 20 years, the restitution drops off entirely.
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) November 28, 2018
The fire took out just under 47,000 acres…that’s about 47,000 football fields!
A video released by the US Forest Service shows the moment when a gender reveal party in Arizona went horribly wrong, sparking a wildfire that burned nearly 47,000 acres and caused more than $8 million in damage https://t.co/cQddzTS1T4 pic.twitter.com/Hcg0QdE3o4
— CNN (@CNN) November 28, 2018
— FOIA // FEED (@FOIAFeed) November 27, 2018
One Twitter user says Dickey should have received a harsher punishment, like jail time. Do you agree?
I think @NBCNews should use a different cover image for this video, one that tells now Dennis Dickey, a BP agent, caused the Sawmill Wildfire in Arizona & never saw a day in jail. This isn’t justice, this is the Blue Wall protecting its own… as usual. https://t.co/48LtNb6Mdo pic.twitter.com/16ZT7Zwwe7
— John Lieske (@johnlieske) November 27, 2018
People took to Twitter and had some pretty hilarious reactions to the story:
— Mark Miller (@markdmiller2) November 27, 2018
You couldn’t write a headline like this even after drinking 3 bottles of vodka.
— Julia Vaughn Black (@InsomniasBitch) November 27, 2018
Sometimes things just come together and the universe gives you a perfect metaphor.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) November 27, 2018
Pink for a girl, blue for a boy, flames for a…republican? pic.twitter.com/9c232cCoAT
— ButterflyGhost (@ButterflyGhost_) November 27, 2018
Are we CERTAIN this isn’t Florida?
— Carnivorous🌊Plant (@nosferatu_sr) November 27, 2018
Arizona could safely be called “Dry Florida” at this stage.
— Not Drunk Enough (@NotSomeFanboy) November 27, 2018
For our 3 kids we had the gender reveal immediately following the delivery. And nothing caught on fire…
— Steve Parr (@stephen_james_p) November 27, 2018
I literally thought this was a joke! 2018 has basically made @TheOnion obsolete. SMH
— Free Spirit 🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@kabuyer) November 27, 2018
Some couldn’t believe the carelessness (and stupidity) of the border patrol and father-to-be:
“Let’s blow some shit up here among all this dry brush and woody shrubs. That’s a great plan and it’ll for sure not set all of it on fire. Nothing can go wrong. I’m a border agent and I totally understand how fire works.”
— LOST MY ARM TO A SAVAGE JIM ACOSTA KARATE CHOP (@Alysson) November 27, 2018
The Border Patrol clearly isn’t sending us their best or brightest.
— The Book of Reggie (@fredtheguitargu) November 27, 2018
Too bad he already reproduced
— Highway 89 Media (@hwy89media) November 27, 2018
Some questioned if he should be raising children:
Doubt he’ll ever be able to even pay that much. At the very least he should spend some time in jail, and probably shouldn’t have a child because clearly they don’t have the best judgement to be raising children.
— KTF96 (@KTF96) November 27, 2018
Some simply concluded that these gender reveals have gotten out of hand:
Stop the gender reveal insanity. The people who started that fire need to face consequences.
— J Dub (@jweland) November 27, 2018
By Michaé Baisden