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A Border Patrol agent in Arizona has pleaded guilty to accidentally starting a massive wildfire last year while off duty at his wife’s gender-reveal party.

Dennis Dickey, 37, of Tucson, admitted Friday to igniting the Sawmill Fire, which burned more than 45,000 acres and caused $8 million worth of damage in April 2017, according to a press release from the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The article goes on to state the following:

As part of the gender reveal, Dickey shot a rifle at a target containing Tannerite, a highly explosive substance, which was meant to explode with colored powder upon impact.

“It was a complete accident,” Dickey told a judge Friday, according to The New York Post. “I feel absolutely horrible about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life.”

Fox News also reported:

He has been sentenced to five years’ probation and will be required to pay $8,188,069 in restitution. He will also be making a public service announcement with the U.S. Forest Service concerning the cause of the fire.

SFGATE further reported:

Whether he’ll actually pay the whole $8 million is another story. The news release from the U.S. attorney’s office says that Dickey will make an initial payment of $100,000, then make monthly payments after that. According to the Arizona Daily Star and the Green Valley News, Dickey agreed in court to pay $500 a month for the next 20 years, which adds up to $120,000.

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