Three children injured after bounce house raised 15 feet by wind
Three children in Glens Falls, N.Y., were injured after being ejected from an inflatable bouce house that was caught by wind and sent flying into the air. Two of the children were seriously hurt when they were thrown from the house when it was at least 15 feet off the ground.
The children had been playing inside the 10-foot-wide bounce house when the freak accident occurred.
Despite being staked to the ground, the inflatable toy was said to have spun in the wind "like a tornado," reports The Post-Star. "One boy was thrown 30 or 40 feet northeast -- the other about 20 feet southeast." The structure cleared neighboring houses and a large wooded area and was eventually blown an estimated 50 feet up after the children were ejected.
"The boys, ages 5 and 6, were taken to Albany Medical Center, where they were admitted for serious injuries. One suffered a traumatic head injury," further reports The Post-Star. "A 10-year-old girl who was inside suffered minor scrapes when she fell, according to her mother."
The Post-Star reports, "One of the boys landed on a parked car while the other landed on pavement after being tossed out of the toy when the incident happened at about 3:20 p.m." The 6-year-old was treated for a head injury, while the 5-year-old had facial injuries and two broken arms.
According to The Post-Star, "South Glens Falls student Emily Boucher, who was preparing for a lacrosse game at the Middle School, took a shocking picture of the toy as it flew through the air. The Bouchers gave The Post-Star exclusive rights to use the photo, and proceeds of its sale to other media outlets will be donated by the Bouchers to the families of the boys who were hurt."