Video shows gender reveal that started Arizona wildfire

Video captures dramatic moment that caused Sawmill Fire

The blaze was set off when Border Patrol Agent Dennis Dickey fired at an exploding target. He was holding an off duty party to celebrate his wife's pregnancy at which the gender of his baby was revealed.

When the explosive target was shot, it sparked the fire - which started on state land and spread to private property.

An explosive package filled with coloured powder detonates in this still image captured from video in April 2017 near Tucson Arizona
WATCH: Shocking new video shows Border Patrol agent’s planned explosion that started 47,000 acre wildfire

A figure in the video, who is blocked out, is later seen running into the field as another person off-camera yells out, "Start packing up".

For his part, Dickey was forced to pay $220,000 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of starting a fire without a permit. A witness hoping to capture the gender reveal on camera caught frames of the quickly spreading flames, and the Arizona Star filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the clip.

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Dickey told authorities he constructed the target with an explosive substance known as Tannerite.

On April 23, 2017, the day the fire started, the Hopkins weather station not far from where the fire began near Madera Canyon, recorded a high temperature of 80 degrees, 11 miles per hour WSW winds gusting to 25, and 6 percent relative humidity.

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Dickey said he tried to put the fire out before reporting it. When the gator snapped its jaws, the watermelon exploded, spilling blue Jell-O onto the grass. According to NBC News, the Sawmill fire burned some 47,000 acres and required a total of 800 firefighters to contain it. The Coronado National Forest is federal land operated by the US Forest Service. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life", he added.

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