PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The gender reveal stunt that caused the Sawmill Fire near Tucson could spark a legislative showdown next year over a legal and readily available explosive.

[VIDEO: Gender-reveal party causes wildfire, costs Arizona over $8 million]

Rep. Daniel Hernandez, a Democrat from Tucson, said Tuesday that Tannerite, or exploding targets, need more regulation.

"We are paying $8.3 million (to) fix what was a wildfire because people were being idiotic with some powders that on their own are inert but when shot at can cause lots of damage," he said.

[WATCH: Click here to watch the moment the Sawmill Fire started]

On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service released video showing the cause of the 2017 blaze that scorched over 45,000 acres and took 800 firefighters a week to contain.

It showed a U.S. Border agent celebrating the fact his wife was pregnant by shooting a target packed with blue powder and the explosive, Tannerite.

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The controversial explosive is available online or at some local guns stores and sells for about $6 for a half-pound.

Tannerite has been blamed for causing other forest and grassland fires across the country.

And in 2013, the FBI warned that criminals and extremist groups might use the material for illegal purposes.

SAWMILL FIRE 3

Rep. Daniel Hernandez, a Democrat from Tucson, said Tuesday that Tannerite, or exploding targets, need more regulation.

Hernandez is not proposing a ban but says the state should track who is buying the material.

wildfire flames

Tannerite has been blamed for causing other forest and grassland fires across the country.

He'd also like to see age restrictions to keep the explosive away from kids and look for ways to educate the public about its dangers.

"Instead of just outright banning it, how can we make sure that we are encouraging people to be responsible if they're going to use this," Hernandez said.

 


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