(CNN) — A 28-year-old man died after a device meant to be used at a gender reveal party exploded, according to New York State Police.
Police responded to a report of an explosion just before noon on Sunday. Christopher Pekny, of Liberty, New York, was building the device that exploded. He was the father-to-be, according to police.
Pekny’s 27-year-old brother, Michael Pekny, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital, state police said.
Police did not give further information on what kind of device it was, except that it was not intended to harm others.
Earlier this month, a Michigan man died after a small cannon exploded at a baby shower, police said. While the cannon was not directly related to the baby’s gender, it was fired to “celebrate the baby’s pending arrival,” Michigan State Police said in a statement.
After last year’s wildfire, the blogger Jenna Karvunidis — who is largely credited for creating the gender reveal party — took to Facebook to condemn the over-the-top events.
“Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid’s penis. No one cares but you,” she wrote.
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