Video shows gender-reveal mishap that led to 47K-acre wildfire

The damage and firefighting costs topped $8 million

Video has been released showing how an off-duty Border Patrol agent celebrating his wife's pregnancy past year accidentally started a 47,000-acre wildfire that took almost 800 firefighters to extinguish. But when they fired a rifle at explosive powder in a target, it ended in a fire that burned almost 47,000 acres. 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.

"Start packing up, start packing up", a man can be heard yelling as the blue cloud turned into flames. In the end, more than 100 people had to evacuate their homes, and the cost the fire and its damage came out to $8.2 million.

The video, shot in April, shows the explosion that started the sawmill fire near Tucson, Arizona.

Dickey reported the fire immediately and admitted to starting it.

The expectant dad, 37, had packed the target with a highly explosive substance called Tannerite and shot it with a high-powered rifle, according to the US Attorney's Office.

The 2017 fire near Green Valley burned 73 square miles
The 2017 fire near Green Valley burned 73 square miles

The fire burned almost 47,000 acres of state land in a little more than a week.

Dickey, who is expected to keep his job as a Border Patrol agent, will borrow from his retirement fund to help pay for the restitution.

"It was a complete accident", Mr Dickey told the Daily Star. He added: "I feel absolutely terrible about it".

It then explodes emitting a blue gaseous plume - lighting the grass on fire. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life.", Dickey said.

It quickly spread to the Coronado National Forest.

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