Authorities said a man had expected his first child to be killed on Sunday, and his brother was injured in the explosion of a device preparing to conduct a gender survey in a garage in Catskills, New York.
The New York State Police said the troops responded to reports of an explosion in a house in Liberty, New York State just before noon. Officials said Christopher Pekny, 28, was dead, and his brother Michael Pekny, 27, was injured.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, State Police spokesman Stephen Neville said. He said that the device consisted of some kind of pipeline that was originally intended to be used at a public sex party, but the nature of the explosive material is unclear.
He said his brother Michael was in a stable condition in a hospital in Middletown, New York, and the doctor was able to reconstruct his injured knee.
Since 2019, explosive devices used in gender disclosure incidents have been linked to at least two deaths and two major wildfires. Partying is a popular way for couples to announce pregnancy news on Facebook and Instagram.
Authorities said that a 26-year-old man died in Michigan this month after he was hit by shrapnel from a “small cannon-type device,” a bomb exploded in celebration of a baby shower.
Peter Pekny said his brothers “tilted very mechanically” and “they can fix and do anything.”
He described Christopher as a talented mechanic who liked to rebuild electric motors, take apart cars and put them back in place. Their brother said that Christopher and Michael had been repairing a rental house in Findell, Liberty, which is about 110 miles northwest of New York City.
Peckerney said that Christopher earned the nickname Frankenstein while working at Liberty Concrete, where he worked as a mason.
He said: “It costs three people to pick up and move things.” “I’ve seen him pick up engine blocks because they block the way.”
He said that Christopher Pekny is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds. He recalled that when he was participating in a high school football game, he once crashed into another player so forcefully that he smashed the player’s helmet in half.
He said: “His head is the hardest head I have ever seen.”
Peter Peccany said that Christopher Peccany learned that his girlfriend was pregnant before Christmas and that they had a boy.
Mr. Peckney said he received a call from his family on the Sunday of the party day when he was in Florida, about 45 miles away from New York. At first he thought the call was a trick to get him to go to the party earlier, but when he heard the news, he ran to Liberty on Highway 17, at a speed of more than 100 miles per hour.
He said he was killed by a state police officer who pulled him over and started yelling at him. Mr. Peckerney said that he explained why he was speeding. The cavalry went to his patrol car and verified his story on the radio. He returned to Mr. Peckney’s pickup truck.
He said that the soldiers told him: “You have to go” and didn’t give him a ticket. Peckerney said of the soldier: “The color has completely disappeared from his face.” “He seems to have seen two ghosts.”
As a child, Michael and Christopher were inextricably linked until they were adults. Peckerney said: “If you can think of two people as the closest two, then zoom in ten times.”
Peckerney said that when he was growing up, he was very mean to his brother and did not share their feelings. He said that this situation has started to change recently and is getting closer.
He said of Christopher: “He is really looking forward to starting a family.” “He really started to settle down and grow.”
The Pekny family owns Robin Hood Diner, which is the middle stream and pillar of Livingston Manor. Livingston Manor is the Catskills region famous for trout fishing.
Christopher was supposed to be 29 on Tuesday, but he waited for the table and looked after the bar. Mr. Peckerney said that he wished his father a good night on Saturday and said he would see him in the morning.
The Facebook post on the restaurant page said: “We thank you all for your overwhelming love and support. Robin Hood will be closed in the near future.”