Father-to-be killed in gender reveal explosion

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LIBERTY, N.Y. — A soon-to-be father was killed Sunday in New York after the device he was constructing for his upcoming gender-reveal party exploded, police said.

The blast occurred at a home in Liberty, N.Y., killing Christopher Pekny, 28, and injuring his brother Michael Pekny, 27, who was transported to Garnet Medical Center in Middletown, according to a statement from Major James C. Michael of the New York State Police.

The injured brother was listed in stable condition with a leg injury, The Sun reported.

In a phone interview with the New York Times, Michael and Chris’ older brother, 34-year-old Peter Pekny Jr., said the incident was “the freakiest of freak accidents that I could ever imagine.”

The blast occurred at a home in Liberty, N.Y. (New York State Police)

The blast occurred at a home in Liberty, N.Y. (New York State Police)

New York State Police rushed to the scene at around 12 p.m. after reports of an explosion.

It has not yet been reported what caused the device to detonate, .

A New York State Police press release revealed: “State Police Liberty responded to a residence on the Lt. JG Brender Highway in the town of Liberty for a report of an explosion. This incident remains under investigation by the New York State Police and the New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit.”

The family reportedly owns Robin Hood Diner, a restaurant in the Catskills area of New York, according to Fox News. The family took to Facebook to thank followers for their “overwhelming display of love and support that you all have shown.”

Liberty is located about 100 miles northwest of New York City.

Earlier this month, a Michigan man, 26, died after he was struck by shrapnel from an exploding cannon at a baby shower in the state, Law Officer reported.

Last year, fire officials said a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used at a gender-reveal party ignited a major wildfire in California, which burned thousands of acres.

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