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Video captures dramatic moment that caused Sawmill Fire

Nov 26, 2018, 6:15 PM | Updated: Nov 27, 2018, 9:09 am

PHOENIX — 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.

In the 49-second video from the U.S. Forest Service, the sound of a nearby rifle can be heard shooting at a target filled with Tannerite, a highly explosive substance, for a gender-reveal party.

Moments after the shot lands, the target explodes and the nearby brush catches fire.

Dennis Dickey, a border patrol agent from Tucson, pleaded guilty in September to a misdemeanor violation of U.S. Forest Service regulations.

Dickey, 37, immediately reported the fire and admitted to being responsible for it, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona.

In the video, a man, whose identity was blurred, can be heard telling others to “start packing up” following the explosion.

Dickey agreed to a sentence of five years’ probation. The fire caused $8 million in damages.

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