A 28-year-old New York man anticipating the birth of his child died Sunday when a device for a gender-reveal party exploded, police said.
Christopher Pekny was working on the device at his home in Liberty, New York, with his 27-year-old brother, Michael Pekny, when the explosion occurred, state police said. Michael was injured and transported to a nearby hospital.
State Police Trooper Steven Nevel said the device “was not being built or made for malicious purposes.”
Police responded to the residence just before noon Sunday to the report involving an unknown explosion.
Nevel said state police continue to investigate.
“He had his wild side when he was younger. He was really settling down,” his older brother, Peter Pekny Jr., said. “I saw, just this past year, how much he was changing, and the hope that he had.”
Pekny and his fiancée, Jennifer Edwards, had learned just before Christmas that they were going to have a son. Chris would have been a first-time dad, and he was excited.
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SOURCE: USA Today; Times Herald-Record, Heather Yakin and Ryan Santisteven