A New York man died Sunday in an explosion after a device he was building for his baby’s upcoming gender reveal party accidentally detonated, police said.
The explosion killed soon-to-be father Chris Pekny, 28, of Liberty, and injured his younger brother, Major James C. Michael of the New York State Police said in a statement.
“This incident remains under investigation by the New York State Police and the New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit,” the statement reads.
Maj. Michael did not specify the type of device Pekny was constructing.
A police spokesperson told The New York Times the device consisted of some kind of pipe that was supposed to spray colored powder signifying the child’s gender — blue for a boy and pink for a girl.
The device, however, unexpectedly went off, striking Pekny with pieces of metal shrapnel.
Peter Pekny Jr., Christopher’s older brother called the explosion a “freak accident.”
This is the latest in a string of similar incidents involving gender reveal devices over the last few years.
Earlier this month, a 26-year-old Michigan man was killed when a similar device exploded during a baby shower, striking the man with pieces of metal shrapnel. The man was taken to hospital in critical condition where he later died.
A gender-reveal pyrotechnic device is also believed to have caused a September 2020 wildfire in California that burned more than 7,000 acres of land.
In late 2019, a grandma-to-be in Iowa was also killed by an explosion at a gender reveal party.
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