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Video of gender-reveal explosion that ignited Sawmill fire released

TUCSON – New video of the baby gender reveal party gone wrong on Arizona state land near the Santa Rita Mountains foothills has been released by the U.S. Forest Service.

Back in April, U.S. Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey allegedly started the Sawmill Fire after he reportedly shot an explosive compund known as Tannerite. Dickey said the blaze, which burned nearly 47,000 state land for more than a week, was started at Dickey’s baby’s gender reveal party.

According to officials, no injuries were reported in the fire. In addition, no homes were lost. The fire did burn timber, trees, slash brush and grass that spread through Coronado National Forest, court documents say.

Dennis Dickey  was federally charged with causing a fire without a permit, a class B misdemeanor, according to court documents.

He appeared in federal court in October where he was sentenced to pay $100,000 up front following $500 every month for the next 20 years. He also agreed to conduct a public service announcement with the U.S. Forest Service about the cause of the fire.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at nsederstrom@kttc.com
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