Forest service posts video of gender reveal stunt that started tragic wildfire.

An inferno that destroyed nearly 50,000 acres of wildlife wasn’t just caused by people, it was caused by one man with a gun trying to celebrate the forthcoming birth of his child.

That’s right -- the recent Arizona wildfire that has caused more than $8 million in damages all started after a gender reveal party went horribly wrong.

And now the U.S. Forest Service has released footage of the incident in an effort to remind people that even highly trained individuals need to be extremely careful, and a lot more thoughtful, when interacting with high-risk environments.


In the footage, US Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey shoots a box to trigger a gender reveal explosion. Unfortunately, the explosion immediately sets fire to the field surrounding the box.

“I feel absolutely horrible about it,” Dickey said in an interview. “It was probably one of the worst days of my life.”

Dickey reported the incident, cooperated with authorities and has began to pay back his financial restitution for causing the horrific blaze but he’s technically only being penalized with a misdemeanor charge for the incident.

The Forest Service announced that Dickey will also take part in a public service announcement warning people about the risks of firearms, explosives and wildfires.

More broadly, the incident draws even more negative attention to gender reveal parties, which have become an international trend in recent years. Celebrities, wealthy couples and seemingly everyone in between has jumped on the bandwagon, adding a level of immature indulgence to an event that probably already gets all the attention it deserves.

For the first time, skateboarding is an official Olympic sport, and after watching the men's and women's street skateboarding events this weekend, our family has decided it's officially a totally welcome addition.

I grew up with a skateboarding brother during the earliest years of Tony Hawk's career, so the sport itself isn't unfamiliar to me. But I've never really followed skate competitions and wasn't sure how it would translate into an Olympic event. As it turns out, there are several things that make it both entertaining and refreshing to watch in comparison with other sports.

For one, let's talk about the "uniform" the athletes wear. As debates rage over volleyball bikinis and gymnastics leotards, here are the male and female skateboarders in long, loose pants and baggy t-shirts. They are the most comfortable-looking Olympians I've ever seen (being out in the humid Japanese heat notwithstanding). They look like they just popped off the couch after watching a movie and decided to go out and hop on their skateboard.

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