Heartbreaking! Gender reveal device kills father-to-be

Christopher Pekny

The memory of a gender reveal is supposed to bring nothing but joy, but for the family of 28-year-old Christopher Pekny, it will probably forever be etched in sadness.

The father-to-be from New York state died after a device he was building for his child’s gender reveal party exploded. According to the police, Pekny was assembling the device in the town of Liberty when it exploded just before noon on Sunday.

The blast killed him and injured his 27-year-old brother Michael Pekny.

Pekny’s oldest brother, Peter Pekny Jr, described what happened to the New York Times as “the freakiest of freak accidents that I could ever imagine”. He did not know what had set off the explosion.

The police have also not been able to ascertain the cause of the explosion.

The death is the latest in a string of catastrophes to be linked to gender-reveal parties in recent years.