Stupidly elaborate gender reveal goes very wrong and ends in 47,000-acre wildfire
We might live in a world where people are slowly but surely beginning to realize that gender exists on a spectrum, but that has done nothing to half the popularity of gender reveal parties. These days, it's almost expected that if a couple chooses to find out the gender of their child before their birth, they will announce it to the world in the most elaborate way possible.
The trend hasn't been helped by the internet, with impressive displays of colored balloons and even body paint being used to let the world know the biological sex of a child. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that future parents are in competition with each other to have the most elaborate reveal possible - but one couple took this to a whole new level in April of last year.
To see the gender reveal which caused a 47,000-acre wildfire, check out the video below:
Despite the incident, which started out as an innocuous gender reveal, taking place well over a year ago and ended up costing the state of Arizona a whopping $8 million (£6.2m), the footage was not released until this week.
It all began when US border patrol agent, Dennis Dicky, and his wife, gathered up a group of friends to reveal the gender of their future bundle of joy at the Coronado National Forest, Arizona. The plan was that Dicky would shoot at a powder-filled target, causing it to erupt into a cloud of blue or pink and thus reveal the gender of his and his wife's baby.
While this might sound harmless enough, the powder chosen by Dicky was Tannerite, which is legal, but also very explosive.
As sparks erupted from the target, the surrounding grass quickly caught fire. Before long, the entire area was ablaze and 800 firefighters were subsequently involved in putting out the monstrous fire that burned for two weeks.
Horrifically, in the video, once it's clear that the gender reveal has caused a fire, a man says, "Start packing up."
Court documents revealed that Dicky immediately reported the fire to authorities "and admitted that he started the fire."
In court, he said, "It was a complete accident. I feel absolutely horrible about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life."
Dicky pleaded guilty to starting the fire in court and the following statement was issued about the incident:
"Dickey agreed to pay restitution totaling $8,188,069. Dickey also agreed to make an initial payment of $100,000 toward the restitution judgement and monthly payments thereafter."
After footage of the gender reveal was posted online, people were quick to make their opinions of Dicky known.
YouTube user @Real1100Talk wrote, "Some people aren't allowed to have pets but yet can have kids. These are such people."
"I guess it was a boy," remarked @SquirtieMan.
"Hopefully the boy grows up to be a firefighter," joked @CalCats262.
Hilariously, despite blue powder clearly erupting from the target, the Arizona Daily Star submitted a Freedom of Information request to find out if the baby was indeed a boy - a fact which, until now, has not been made publically known.
... Apart from, y'know, the 47,000-acre wildfire.