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.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."