Video shows how Sawmill Fire started

Posted November 30, 2018

New video footage of last year's Sawmill Fire in Arizona, which burned almost 50,000 acres, showed it was started accidentally during a baby gender reveal party.

Dennis Dickey was just wanting to reveal the gender of his baby when he built this target. Officials say that mundane events such as operating a chainsaw, dragging tow chains on roads, or even horses clipping a steel shoe on a rock have started fires, the Associated Press reports.

A voice off camera shouts: "Start packing up".

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The U.S. Attorney's Office said the fire caused more than $8 million in damage.

The 49-second video - released by the U.S. Forest Service on Monday to the Arizona Daily Star - shows the fire erupting after a target explodes in a cloud of bright baby blue powder.

The Arizona Daily Star obtained the video from the U.S. Forest Service through a public-records request.

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The 37-year-old shot a target containing Tannerite, a legal but highly explosive substance created to detonate when shot by a high-velocity firearm.

The target had been filled with blue powder and explosive substance Tannerite. I feel absolutely disgusting about it.

He reported the fire immediately to law enforcement on April 23, 2017 and was cooperative in the Forest Service investigation, authorities said. He told a judge that it was a complete accident, calling it the worst day of his life.

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Under his plea deal, Dickey agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution at his sentencing and another $120,000 in monthly installments over the next 20 years. Well, the US Forest Service has now released footage from the scene.

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