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A screenshot from the video below showing the exploding target that started what became the 46,000-acre Sawmill fire.

The United States Forest Service released video from its investigation of the origins of the Sawmill Fire.

As a gunshot rings out - apparently fired by expectant father and U.S. border patrol agent Dennis Dickey - the target explodes in a blue cloud, igniting the surrounding area in flames. But when they fired a rifle at explosive powder in a target, it ended in a fire that burned almost 47,000 acres.

It happened in April 2017, when the Tuscon couple invited friends and family to gather to watch them shoot a rifle at explosive powder in a target.

"Start packing up, start packing up", a man can be heard yelling as the blue cloud turned into flames. Firefighters from at least 20 agencies fought the fire for about a week, according to CNN affiliate KGUN-TV.

The Arizona Daily Star first reported on the video it obtained on Monday through a public records request, and it was shared widely on social media.

"I feel absolutely frightful about it".

Dickey was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay $8.1 million in restitution; $100,000 up front with monthly payments thereafter.

The fire burned almost 47,000 acres of state land in a little more than a week.

Speaking in court, he told the judge: "It was a complete accident. It was probably one of the worst days of my life".

A news release from the US attorney's office said Agent Dickey will make an initial payment of $100,000, then make monthly payments after that.


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