Remember the infamous gender reveal party that went so wrong it sparked a massive wildfire? Well, video of it has finally been released, and it as gloriously idiotic as you’d expect.
The incident happened back in Arizona in April 2017, but now thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Arizona Daily Star the video has been made public.
It begins as off-duty Border Patrol Agent Dennis Dickey shoots an explosive target to reveal the gender of the baby he and his wife were expecting. You can briefly see a cloud of blue — it’s a boy! — before the grass around the target quickly goes up in flames. Smart location choice, guys!
The fire spread and ended up burning 47,000 acres around the Santa Rita Mountain foothills in southeast Arizona before it was finally contained thanks to the efforts of 800 firefighters. All told, fighting the wildfire cost over $8 million but Dickey was ordered to pay only $220,000 when, in September, he pled guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of causing a fire without a permit.
Let this be a lesson: End gender reveal parties.