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Father-To-Be Dies While Building Device For Gender Reveal Party

Stewart Perrie

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Father-To-Be Dies While Building Device For Gender Reveal Party

A man has died while constructing a device for his pregnant partner's gender reveal party.

New York State Police have explained how they were called to a Liberty property over the weekend following reports of an explosion.

They discovered Christopher Pekny, 28, died in the blast, which also injured his younger brother.

Authorities say nothing suspicious has been found during their investigation and they don't plan on laying any charges.


"This incident remains under investigation by the New York State Police and the New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit," they said in a statement.

They also didn't explain what type of device was being built for the gender reveal party.

This is the second person killed as a result of a gender reveal party in February.

A man in the US state of Michigan died after a gender reveal party trick went horribly wrong.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Silva's funeral costs. Credit: GoFundMe
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Silva's funeral costs. Credit: GoFundMe

Evan Silva, 26, was part of the assembled friends and family waiting to find out the gender of a baby outside a house.

The cannon, which was to signal which gender the baby will be once it is born, exploded unexpectedly, sending dangerous shrapnel flying in all directions.

Silva was struck by shrapnel in his chest, which is thought to have been what killed him. The accident took place on Saturday 6 February.


According to reports from ABC News, the cannon was supposed to create a large flash and a lot of smoke, however investigators have since discovered the celebration was cut short when it exploded into the crowd instead.

They've also discovered Silva, who was a friend of the expectant parents, was not the man who set the cannon off, despite being stood quite close to it.

Michigan State Police spokesperson Lieutenant Liz Rich said: "[The cannon was] similar to a signal cannon.

"The cast material exploded and sent projectiles in all directions.


"The homeowner reported it had been shot several times. If there aren't regular inspections on a device like this, the cast material can wear away."

It has also been reported that investigators discovered pieces from the exploded cannon had pierced a garage and three parked up cars, with some of it ending as far as 25 feet away from the blast zone.

The case has now been passed onto the county prosecutors by Michigan State Police for a further review.

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Topics: News, US News

Stewart Perrie
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