dad dies in explosion while creating 'gender-reveal' device

Dad Dies In Explosion While Creating ‘Gender-Reveal’ Device

A very soon-to-be-dad was killed last weekend when a machine he was creating for his gender reveal party, exploded.

Christopher Pekny, 28, of New York, died when the device went off, according to a statement from Major James C. Michael of the New York State Police. Additionally, the explosion injured Pekny’s 27-year-old brother, Michael, and both the state police and the bomb disposal unit are currently investigating the incident.

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Christopher’s older brother, Peter, called the explosion a “freak accident,” in an interview with the New York Times.

“The freakiest of freak accidents that I could ever imagine,” the 34-year-old revealed to the outlet.

Peter went on to say how both Christopher and Michael had experience fixing and building different things. In addition, Christopher was also a talented mechanic who enjoyed working on cars.

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“If you could think of any two people who were the closest two people — amplify that tenfold,” he said of his two brothers’ bond.

Peter revealed to the Times how Christopher discovered his girlfriend was pregnant with a boy just before Christmas.

“He was really looking forward to starting a family,” he said. “He was really starting to settle down and grow up.”

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Christopher’s family owns Robin Hood Diner, a restaurant in the Catskills area of New York. On the restaurant’s Facebook page , the family posted a statement.

“We are deeply saddened and must inform you all of the loss of our dear an beloved Christopher,” they said. “We appreciate the overwhelming display of love and support that you all have shown.”

“The Robin Hood will be closed for the immediate future,” they added. “More details will be posted when we have them available. Thank you.”

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