By Jason Duaine Hahn 

Christopher Pekny, 28, was killed after the device exploded on Sunday, according to reportsCredit: Facebook

A soon-to-be father was killed in New York this weekend when the machine he was constructing for an upcoming “gender reveal
party exploded, police said.

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

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

“The freakiest of freak accidents that I could ever imagine,” the 34-year-old told the newspaper.

Peter said both Christopher and Michael had experience fixing and building different things. Christopher was also a talented mechanic who enjoyed working on cars.

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

Lit candles were left on a doorstep in memory of Christopher PeknyCredit: Facebook

Peter told the Times that Christopher learned 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.”

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

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