Dad-To-Be Killed By Homemade Gender Reveal Explosive Device

A 28-year-old new father from New York, Christopher Pekny, is dead after his child’s gender-reveal device exploded.

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New York State Police went to a residence in Liberty, NY at 11:55 am on Sunday after receiving reports of an explosion. They later said that the gender-reveal device Pekny was creating exploded. It killed him and injured his 27-year-old brother, Michael Pekny.

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The police and bomb squad are looking into the incident.

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It was not specified what kind of device Pekny was making. New York Sate Police told Buzzfeed News that no charges were being filed.

In other deadly gender-reveals, last September a firefighter in California died while fighting a huge wildfire sparked by a pyrotechnic device used at a gender-reveal event. That fire burned more than 19,000 acres and forced hundreds to flee the area.

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In 2019, a 56-year-old woman was killed by a pipe bomb that her family made. It exploded while planning the gender-reveal; they had come together to experiment with explosives so they could take a video for social media.


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