WATCH: Gender reveal goes horribly wrong, causing R114 million worth of damage

2018-11-29 12:20
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A gender reveal stunt went horribly wrong – it sparked a 47,000-acre wildfire which caused $8,200,000 (R114,8 million) damage.

American border patrol agent, Dennis Dickey, had come up with a “brilliant” idea to let the world know the gender of his unborn child.

Dennis planned to fire a gun at a target, which would then explode with either pink or blue powder.

But when the 37-year-old fired the rifle, his gunshot ignited the nearby grass and trees, reports People.

The flames spread rapidly, and it took about 800 firefighters to get the fire under control.

According to Metro, it took nearly a week to stop the fire.

Known as the Sawmill fire, it raged along highway 83 in Arizona, US, and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Although this happened in April 2017, newly released video footage shows how the blast caused the surrounding grass to immediately catch fire.

Dennis reported the fire and also admitted starting it, saying it had been a “complete accident”, reports Sky News.

Last month he pleaded guilty to starting a fire without a permit and was sentenced to five years probation, a $100 000 (R1,4 million) fine and $500 (R7 000) a month restitution for the next 20 years.

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Sources: Sky News, People, Metro

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