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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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— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 1, 2018
A Border Patrol agent threw a gender-reveal party. He ended up starting a 47,000-acre wildfire. https://t.co/9hEx0AcKEX
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 1, 2018
— SFGate (@SFGate) October 1, 2018
Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to starting an Arizona wildfire by shooting a rifle at a target intended to reveal the gender of his baby. The fire caused more than $8,000,000 in damage, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. https://t.co/RwyBPQsU9x
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 1, 2018