Last Sunday, police received a report of an explosion in the village of Liberty, New York. A drama had taken place in the garage of a house.
28-year-old Christopher Pekny was preparing a party with his brother Michael (27), where the gender of Christopher’s first child would be revealed.
Together they built an explosive device that would be detonated at the party. It is not yet known what material they used for this. A police spokesman told The New York Times that the object was “some kind of pipe.”
But then it went wrong: things exploded prematurely in the garage and the future father Christopher was killed. His younger brother was taken to hospital injured. His condition is stable, but he does require surgery on his knee.
Peter, 34, the oldest Pekny brother, tells the newspaper that this is “the most bizarre of all the bizarre accidents you can imagine.” According to him, Christopher and Michael were technically gifted and “could make anything they wanted.”
Just before Christmas, Christopher was told he was going to be a father; it was going to be a boy. “He was really looking forward to starting a family. He started to settle down and grow up,” says Peter.
In America it occasionally goes wrong at these kinds of parties. Last month, a Michigan man died after being hit by shrapnel from a “cannon-like” device fired during a baby shower.
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