A soon-to-be dad was killed Sunday in New York after the device he was constructing for his upcoming gender-reveal party exploded, police said.
The blast occurred at a home in Liberty, N.Y., killing Christopher Pekny, 28, and injuring his brother Michael Pekny, 27, who was transported to Garnet Medical Center in Middletown, according to a statement from Major James C. Michael of the New York State Police.
Another brother called the explosion a “freak accident.”
“The freakiest of freak accidents that I could ever imagine,” the 34-year-old told the New York Times.
The injured brother was listed in stable condition, the report said.
The family reportedly owns Robin Hood Diner, a restaurant in the Catskills area of New York. The family took to Facebook to thank followers for their “overwhelming display of love and support that you all have shown.”
Authorities said the incident remains under investigation by state police and the bomb disposal unit.
Earlier this month, a Michigan man, 26, died after he was struck by shrapnel from an exploding cannon at a baby shower in the state, police said
Last year, fire officials said a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used at a gender-reveal party ignited a major wildfire in California, which burned thousands of acres.
Liberty is located about 100 miles northwest of New York City.