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Gender Reveal Party Sparks $8 Mil. Wildfire, Proves the Binary Sucks

Gender Reveal Party Sparks $8 Mil. Wildfire, Proves the Binary Sucks

Gender Reveal Party Sparks $8 Mil. Wildfire, Proves the Binary Sucks

The just-released video shows exactly how an Arizona fire began. 

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A boy? A girl? Nope, it's an $8 million wildfire!

An Arizona family got an unexpected third option during a gender reveal party gone wrong, and the US Forest Service just released a video showing exactly how the ravenous wildfire fiasco all began. 

The April 2017 clip shows a target sitting in the middle of a desert with "boy" and "girl" written on its center. We hear a gunshot and see a brief flash of blue as the target is hit, but the surrounding brush quickly erupts in flames. "Start packing up," someone yells in the background.

According to CNN, the target contained a highly explosive substance called Tannerite. The consequential wildfire burned nearly 47,000 acres of Southern Arizona, cost over $8 million in damage, and took firefighters about a week to put it out.

US Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey, who was off-duty at the time, pleaded guilty to accidentally starting the fire, a misdemeanor violation of US Forest Service regulations.  He's been sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay $8,188,069 in restitution (his first payment is a humble $100,000). Dickey has also been ordered to make a public service announcement with the US Forest Service.

PSA idea: "The wrathful nonbinary wildfire has spoken! The gender binary is dumb!"

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!