An explosive prop being built for a sex reveal party accidentally detonated and killed an expectant father in New York state, authorities said Monday.
The tragic accident occurred in the village of Liberty, Sullivan County, about 100 miles northwest of New York City, shortly before 11:55 a.m. Sunday, state police said.
Christopher Pekny, 28, died in the blast and his brother Michael Pekny, 27, was injured, officials said.
The propeller under construction wasn’t even going to be the end product to use for the genre reveal, just the prototype, Trooper Steven Nevel told NBC News.
“It wasn’t meant to hurt anyone,” Nevel said. “It was just an innocent prop for a genre revelation gone horribly wrong.”
The bomb squad’s investigation has just started, so the materials Pekny planned to use for the prop were not immediately known, Nevel added.
With the rise of social media, more and more couples have opted for elaborate stunts to reveal the gender of their unborn baby. 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.
A California firefighter died last year fighting the El Dorado fire, a massive blaze sparked by a sex revelation party in San Bernardino County. Over 22,000 acres were charred.
In October 2019, Pamela Kreimeyer, 56, a resident of Iowa, was killed by debris from an explosion during 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,” Nevel said.