Twitter reacts to gender reveal that started 45,000 acre fire
On Tuesday, US authorities revealed footage showing how a fire that ravaged 45,000 acres of land began during a gender reveal party.
Time reported that in 2017, Dennis Dickey, a border patrol agent from Arizona, was excited at welcoming a new baby into his family and decided to have an unforgettable gender reveal.
The idea was that he would shoot at a target and the colour of the smoke would let his friends and family know if he was expecting a son or a daughter.
Dickey didn't think beyond the colour of the smoke as he fired at the target surrounded by tall, dry grass.
Dickey and his wife were going to have a baby boy but there wasn't much of a celebration after the blue smoke.
The blaze, dubbed "Sawmill fire'", destroyed 45,000 acres of land and the resultant damages were estimated to be $8mil.
According to TimesLIVE, Dickey pleaded guilty to a charge of causing fire without a permit. He was ordered to pay $220,000.
Despite Dickey's remorse, people on social media are unforgiving.
Wow could he not find a better place 2 do that than a dry, over grown field 2 do that in? Somebody wasn't thinking at all that day 😲😲😲😲🤦♀️— Erin Parker (@ErinPar16250435) November 27, 2018
So many people are so wrapped up in themselves that tgey don’t think what repercussions may come from their actions. Sad, just sad.— PowderBud (@PowderBud) November 27, 2018
Anyone with common sense wouldn't put something that could spark fire in an area with dry conditions and grass its a recipe for disaster and evidence is clear by the damage— denise🤗🤗 (@gagirl4life30) November 27, 2018
$220,000 fine and 5 years probation is unacceptable for this level of stupidity.— david covfefe (@daviedoobie) November 27, 2018
Looks like it revealed that he is not smart enough to be a parent.— Government is not the answer, we are! (@Gunning4America) November 27, 2018
But HEY, it's a boy! 🤦♀️— Michelle Baysan ☀️ (@michetta) November 27, 2018