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Gender-reveal device kills father

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A father-to-be from New York has died after a device he was building for his child's gender-reveal party exploded, according to police. Christopher Pekny, 28, was assembling the device in the town of Liberty when it exploded just before noon on Sunday.

The blast also injured his brother Michael Pekny, 27, who was taken to hospital. A spokesman for state police told the New York Times the device consisted of some kind of pipe, without giving further details. The death is the latest in a string of catastrophes to be linked to gender-reveal parties in recent years.