Three New York children were injured after an inflatable bounce house was blown high off the ground from a gust of wind, while they were playing inside it.
Two boys, ages 5 and 6, and a 10-year-old girl were playing inside the bounce house in a Glens Falls neighborhood when a wind gust lifted it more than 50 feet into the air, The Post-Star reported.
One boy was thrown about 40 feet and landed on asphalt, while another was tossed more than 20 feet onto a neighbor’s parked car. All of the children were reportedly ejected from the bouncy house when it was about 15 feet above ground. The structure was not enclosed at the top and was surrounded by netting to keep children from bouncing off the inflated floor.
The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. in front of a townhouse on Ferry Boulevard. Parents say the bouncy house floated over a stretch of woods and landed in the fields behind Oliver W. Winch Middle School.
“It was like a horror movie,” said Taylor Seymour, whose car the boy landed on. “It just kept going up and up. It cleared our building and the trees.”
One boy suffered a traumatic head injury and the other suffered two broken arms and facial injuries. The girl suffered minor scrapes, the newspaper said. Glens Falls police are not releasing the victims’ names.
South Glens Falls Police said in a news release, “Witnesses stated that there were several adults monitoring the children playing and that the bounce house was staked to the ground. Although the investigation is continuing the incident is considered a tragic accident and no charges are pending.”