LIBERTY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An effort to delight family and friends at a gender reveal event proved deadly for a Sullivan County man.
New York State Police say a device that was intended to shower colored powder blew up instead, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.READ MORE: Man Allegedly Armed With Taser, Large Knife Arrested At Washington Square Park
It happened Feb. 21 in the Town of Liberty.
At the Livingston Manor Diner, owned by the victim’s family, candles and flowers symbolize the heartbreak his friends and family feel.
State police say father-to-be Chris Pekny, 28, was preparing for a gender reveal event at his home. While preparing a practice device intended to explode in a cloud of colored powder, the device exploded early, killing Pekny.
Flying shrapnel wounded his brother, Michael. CBS2 learned he suffered injuries to his head and torso and was taken to a hospital in Orange County for treatment.
State police say there was no malicious intent with the explosive device and it is being investigated as a tragic accident.READ MORE: Police Seek Person Of Interest After Children Are Caught In Middle Of Brazen Shooting In The Bronx
Gender reveals sometimes flirt with danger.
Police in Australia released video of a car rigged to spew blue smoke for a baby boy. Unfortunately, the car also went up in flames.
In 2019, a grandmother-to-be was killed at a home in rural Iowa when a gender reveal explosive device blew up.
The U.S. Forest Service says another gender reveal pyrotechnic created a massive forest fire.
In Sullivan County, friends are remembering Pekny as a big-hearted, kind, fun loving person.MORE NEWS: Juneteenth Celebrations Across New York City Take On New Meaning In 2021
His family released a statement saying they’re heartbroken by his loss, but grateful for the community’s outpouring of love and support.