Gender-Reveal Device Explodes, Killing Father-To-Be Who Made It

Gender reveal party
Gender reveal parties may be causing more harm than good.

Preparations for a gender-reveal party turned fatal over the weekend. 

Christopher Pekny, a 28-year-old dad-to-be from Liberty, New York, died on Sunday after a device he was building for a gender-reveal party exploded.

New York State Police confirmed details of the incident, revealing that officers responded to reports of an explosion around noon on Sunday. 

According to a spokesperson for the department, Pekny was building and planning to use the device at his child’s gender-reveal party.

Pekny’s younger brother, Michael Pekny, was also on the scene at the time of the explosion and sustained injuries. Medical professionals transported him to Garnet Health Medical Center, where he was treated for a leg injury.

The incident is under investigation by the New York State Police and the New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit.

Today reports that a 26-year-old Michigan man was killed when a small cannon device blew up during a baby shower earlier this month.

In 2019, an Iowa woman was killed by debris from an explosion at a gender-reveal party.

The year before that, a gender-reveal party in Tucson, Arizona, resulted in a massive fire that caused more than $8 million in damages.