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Off-duty border patrol agent shoots box explosives starts wildfire
A box of Tannerite
explodes after an off-duty Border Patrol agent shoots it to
celebrate his baby son in April 2017.

Arizona Daily Star

  • A new video published by the
    Arizona Daily Star
    shows an off-duty Border Patrol agent
    starting a massive wildfire in Arizona last year by shooting a
    box of explosives to celebrate his baby son. 
  • The video shows the box in the middle of a field of
    long, dead grass suddenly exploding after what sounds like a
    gunshot. 
  • The surrounding grass then catches fire.
  • Dennis Dickey, 37, admitted in September to starting
    the Sawmill Fire in April 2017, which scorched 47,000 acres and
    cost $8.2 million to put out.

The Arizona Daily Star published a
video on Wednesday
of an off-duty Border Patrol agent
starting a massive wildfire in Arizona last year by shooting a
box of explosives to celebrate his baby boy. 

The video shows the box of explosives in the middle of a field of
long, dead grass suddenly exploding after what sounds like a
gunshot. The surrounding grass then catches fire before two
blacked out images of people walk through the shot and someone
yells, “Start packing it up!” 

The Daily Star obtained the video from the US Forest Service
through a Freedom of Information Act request. 

Dennis Dickey, 37, admitted in September to starting the Sawmill
Fire in April 2017, which scorched 47,000 acres and cost $8.2
million to put out, the Daily Star reported. 

Watch the video below:

The off-duty agent shot the box of Tannerite, a legal explosive
generally used for target practice, to celebrate finding out the
gender of his unborn son, the Daily Star reported.  

Dickey pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of causing a
fire without a permit, and was sentenced to five years probation
and agreed to pay $220,000 in restitution, the Daily Star
reported. 

“Blowing up Tannerite is its own YouTube genre,” the
Washington Post’s Alex Horton
wrote
in May about unexplained explosions in
Pennsylvania. 

Horton linked to one YouTube video in which a group of individuals
blew up a barn with 164 pounds of Tannerite. “Nobody cares. I
blew it up because I can,” the YouTube user wrote alongside the
video.  

Almost 85% of all wildfires in the US are caused by humans,
according to the National Park
Service, citing data from the US Forest Service from 2000 to
2017.

“Human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended,
the burning of debris, negligently discarded cigarettes, and
intentional acts of arson,” the NPS wrote, not to mention
shooting boxes of Tannerite with guns. 

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