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Baby gender reveal caused massive wildfire, US Forest Service says

Photo: USDA via MGN Online

SAN ANTONIO (WOAI/KABB) - The United States Forest Service says a baby gender reveal started a massive wildfire that burned nearly 47,000 acres.

The service released a video on Tuesday which shows an explosion that eventually led to the Sawmill fire near Tucson, in April. The blast was part of a gender reveal.

No one was hurt and no homes were lost, but the fire raged through Coronado National Forest, burning nearly 47,000 acres.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has since been charged with starting a fire without a permit. He appeared in federal court in October and was sentenced to pay $100,000 plus $500 every month for the next 20 years.

He also agreed to work with the Forest Service to conduct a public service announcement about the cause of the fire.

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