Video Captures Border Patrol Agent Sparking Arizona Fire

A video has emerged showing how a US Border Patrol agent's gender-reveal party sparked a devastating wildfire that caused damage estimated at $8.2 million (R114m).

Agent Dennis Dickey was taking part in a gender reveal party for his baby when he shot at the box-like target, which read "BOY GIRL" and was rigged to release colored smoke indicating the child's gender.

But the resulting flames began burning nearby grass and went on to spread throughout the area. At the end of the video a voice can be heard shouting twice, "Start packing up!".

Video has surfaced of the moment an explosion started the Sawmill Fire that damaged more than 45,000 acres of land in Arizona in April 2017. "Dickey immediately reported the fire to law enforcement, co-operated, and admitted that he started the fire".

Dennis Dickey and his wife Rita had a little boy
Camera Icon Dennis Dickey and his wife Rita had a little

"Dickey had placed Tannerite, a highly explosive substance, inside the target, intending for it to detonate when shot by a high-velocity firearm bullet", the Department of Justice said in a statement in September.

"I feel absolutely disgusting about it". According to the Arizona Daily Star and the Green Valley News, he agreed in court to pay $500 a month for the next 20 years, which adds up to $120,000, for a total of $220,000 including the first payment.

He also agreed to conduct a public service announcement with the U.S. Forest Service about the cause of the fire.