An expectant father has been killed after an accidental explosion of a device he was building for his baby’s gender reveal party, police said.
Christopher Pekny, 28, died in the explosion in the city of Liberty, about 100 miles northwest of New York, on Sunday.
Her brother Michael Pekny, 27, was also injured in the tragic incident, officials said.
The device under construction was not going to be the end product to be used for the sex reveal, but just the prototype, cop Steven Nevel told NBC News.
“It wasn’t meant to harm anyone,” Nevel said. “It was just an innocent prop for a genre revelation gone horribly wrong.”
With the rise of social media, more and more new parents have opted for elaborate stunts to reveal the gender of their baby during pregnancy.
Some of the stunts involve incendiary devices or smoke bombs, usually with blue smoke to show that the baby will be a boy or pink smoke for a girl.
Last year, a firefighter in California died fighting a massive weeklong blaze known as the El Dorado Fire, which started at a sex reveal party.
And in October 2019, Pamela Kreimeyer, 56, a resident of Iowa, was killed by debris from an explosion at a sex disclosure party.
“We have seen these (accidents) happening all over the country and ‘don’t do it’ is the only thing I can say,” Mr Nevel said.