- Rich Klein
LIBERTY MAN DIES, BROTHER INJURED IN EXPLOSION UNDER INVESTIGATION
Police Say Christopher Pekny, 28, Was Building A Device To Be Used At A Child Reveal Party
LIBERTY - An explosion at a home on Lt. JG Brender Highway yesterday resulted in the death of Christopher Pekny, 28, who state police said was building a device to be used at a child's gender reveal party.
"It (the device) was not intended to harm anyone," Trooper Steven Nevel, the Troop F public information officer, told The SullivanTimes today.
His brother, Michael Pekny, 27, was injured in the blast and transported to Garnet Medical Center in Middletown.
Their parents own The Robin Hood Diner in Livingston Manor.
"We are deeply saddened and must inform you all of the loss of our dear and beloved Christopher," a statement just posted to the diner's Facebook page said. "We appreciate the overwhelming display of love and support that you all have shown. The Robin Hood will be closed for the immediate future. More details will be posted when we have them available. Thank you."