Forest Service releases video of gender reveal explosion that caused wildfire

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Boy or girl? Either way, an Arizona couple sure wasn't expecting a fire.

Video has emerged of the moment a border patrol agent's explosive gender-reveal party stunt sparked a massive wildfire in Arizona previous year.

Time reported that in 2017, Dennis Dickey, a border patrol agent from Arizona, was excited at welcoming a new baby into his family and chose to have an unforgettable gender reveal.

Dennis Dickey was just wanting to reveal the gender of his baby when he built this target.

It was later discovered that the shooting target contained Tannerite, a legal brand of highly explosive substance that erupts when shot by a high-velocity bullet.

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A figure in the video, who is blocked out, is later seen running into the field as another person off-camera yells out, "Start packing up". Around 800 fire fighters were involved in battling the blaze.

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.

Dickey, 37, came forward right away to let authorities know that he had sparked the fire which burned 45,000 acres and caused $8 million worth of damage.

Dickey reported the fire immediately and admitted igniting it, the US Forest Service said.

"It was a complete accident", Dickey told a judge on Friday. It took nearly 800 firefighters at a cost of $8.2 million to extinguish. He'll also pay monthly $US500 ($A690) instalments for the next two decades and be sentenced to five years of probation. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life".