A gender reveal is supposed to be one of celebration, smiles and laughter. But an expectant father was tragically killed when a gender reveal device exploded.

Over the years, a gender reveal party is becoming as synonymous with pregnancy as a hens party is for a wedding. Our social feeds are filled with all kinds of creative gender revelations. There’s the cake that’s coloured blue or pink inside. There are a flurry of balloons that are either pink or blue and more dramatically there are explosions of coloured chalk or confetti revealing whether the expectant bub is a boy or girl.

Freak Accident

Christopher Pekny from Liberty, New York was preparing for his and his girlfriend’s gender reveal party, putting together the gender-reveal device, when the device exploded in his garage, killing him and injuring his brother.

Peter Pekny, the older brother of the victims, said the incident was “the freakiest of freak accidents that I could ever imagine”.

Michael is now in stable condition after having his injured knee rebuilt.

Christopher was expecting a son with his girlfriend.

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What a tragedy! Christopher Pekny Pic via facebook


Gender Reveal Danger

This is certainly not the first time a gender reveal has been fatal.

Earlier this month, a man from Michigan in the USA was killed when a cannon exploded during a baby shower.

The cannon exploded and sprayed metal shrapnel hitting the victim who was standing nearby.


And then last year, a gender reveal pyrotechnic display caused a massive runaway fire, destroying more than 22,000 acres of Californian bushland and claimed the life of a firefighter.

It Needs To STOP!

The woman, who is credited, for being the inventor of the gender reveal concept, says it’s time to stop the dramatic- and potentially dangerous displays.

In 2008, blogger Jenna Karvunidis hosted a party when she was pregnant with her first child and served a cake with pink icing to reveal their baby’s gender.

Her story was shared globally and soon became a trend.

“It just exploded into crazy after that. Literally – guns firing, forest fires, more emphasis on gender than has ever been necessary for a baby,” Jenna said.


Jenna recently expressed her disgust at how gender reveal parties have burst out of control. She shared on her Facebook page, High Gloss and Sauce:

“Stop it. 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.”

“Who cares what gender the baby is? I did at the time because we didn’t live in 2019 and didn’t know what we know now – that assigning focus on gender at birth leaves out so much of their potential and talents that have nothing to do with what’s between their legs.”

Personally we quite like the gender reveal party but somehow the concept has been escalated from harmless fun to explosive danger.

What do you think about the gender reveal party? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • These scare me, the thought of it acting like a bomb is frightening, A simple cut the cake would be safer.


  • Pink or blue centre in cake is fine. Coloured balloons out of a box yeah ok. But cars blowing smoke or fireworks or cannons is taking things a little far. Now with the ultrasound telling us our baby’s gender if we want to know there are no surprises


  • These are getting too crazy for me


  • I preferred not knowing until giving birth – it was such a delicious surprise at the end of the 9 months wait. And I also loved having lemon or just plain white clothing and gifts for my babies.


  • So sad, but these gender reveal parties have gotten way over the top. Gifts for the gender reveal, gifts for the pre birth party then more gifts when bub is born. I didn’t know the sex of my bubs and still loved them as much as any mum


  • So sad now the baby has no Dad. I never found out the gender of any of my 3 kids as that was the big surprise when they were born. Now there is no surprises left as everyone knows what you are having and generally everyone has chosen the name already.


  • I don’t see the point of gender reveal parties, but if you must, stick to something like a colored cake.


  • Really sad to hear, thought’s are with the family.


  • Sad loss. Don’t understand why this is a thing.


  • I loved the idea of the cake to reveal the gender but why go all out. Is it just to show off how much better they can go. It’s ridiculous and instead of spending so much money on trying to outdo each other, why not use that money you’re going to waste and start an account for your new baby?


  • I think safety is the first thing and you can have just as much fun revealing the gender without it being dangerous and that is the main issue.


  • A simple and harmless reveal can be just as special and lovely, without risking harm and worse ….


  • Definitely not worth hurting someone or losing a life. I didn’t do a gender reveal and I understand why people like them but maybe something a little less dangerous


  • I think if you want a party it is fine. Just do things like balloons or cakes. I’ve never heard of cannons or fireworks for it.only in e US


  • So sad.


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