Gender-Reveal Party Goes Terribly Wrong, Causes $8 Million in Damages

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October 01, 2018Oct 01, 2018

Finding out the sex of an unborn baby is an exciting time for many expectant parents. Recently, gender-reveal parties have become a fun way for parents and loved ones to learn if there is a baby boy or baby girl on the way.

The trend has inspired many to try creative and sometimes even outlandish ways to announce the gender, which can sometimes lead to things going not quite as planned. Last year during a gender-reveal party, things took an unexpected turn and ended up causing $8 million worth of damage

An Arizona couple was celebrating their pregnancy with a party on April 23, 2017, when the incident took place. Expectant father Dennis Dickey filled a target with colored powder, pink for a girl or blue for a boy, and would shoot the target to reveal the sex of their baby.

According to reports, "The target also contained Tannerite, a legal but highly explosive substance, U.S. Forest Service special agent Brent Robinson wrote in an affidavit filed in federal court on Sept. 20. When Dickey, now 37, fired his rifle at the target, the ensuing explosion sparked a fire that quickly spread through the dry brush, spurred on by unusually high winds and lower-than-average rainfall. By the time it was fully contained over a week later, the fire had done $8 million worth of damage."

The fire, which is referred to as the "Sawmill Fire," damaged more than 45,000 areas of land. Dickey immediately reported the fire to law enforcement and admitted he started the fire.

On Friday, Dickey appeared in court and explained to the judge the fire “was a complete accident." He went on to say, “I feel absolutely horrible about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life.”

The U.S. attorney's office released a report explaining that part of Dickey's plea agreement will include him staring in a public service announcement for the U.S. Forest Service, spend five years on probation, and agree to pay $8,188,069 in restitution.

While he may not end up paying the entire $8 million, he will make an initial payment $100,000 and has agreed to continue to pay $500 a month for the next 20 years. It has not be released what will happen after those 20 years. 

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