Gender reveal parties are all the rage these days, but a word to the wise: they can quickly spiral out of control. A man named Dennis Dickey learned this the hard way when a major disaster resulted from what was supposed to be a joyous day.
In April 2017, Dickey and his wife threw a gender reveal party in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest. The father-to-be filled a target with powder that would burst, expelling either a pink or blue substance depending on if the baby is a boy or a girl. Unfortunately, Dickey also added Tannerite, which is highly explosive, to make the reaction extra showy. So when he fired his rifle at the target, sparks flew into the dry brush…and started a massive wildfire.
Dickey tried extinguish the fire, but it quickly burned out of control, so he contacted authorities.
The fire burned 47,000 acres and 800 firefighters were required to put out the blaze. The inferno cost authorities in Arizona more than $8 million.
In the wake of the destruction, Dickey filed a plea agreement that states he will pay $220,000 in restitution and complete 5 years of probation.”It was a complete accident,” Dickey said of the incident. “I feel absolutely horrible about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life.”
Take a look at this time-lapse video of the blaze.
Maybe next time we can just stick to a blue or pink cake, mmmmkay?