Bounce House Flies Away as Playing Kids Fall 20 Feet; 2 Hospitalized

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 02:12 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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An inflatable bounce house in upstate New York flew away with a strong gust of wind Monday, seriously injuring two boys and causing minor injuries to another girl.

The boys, ages five and six, were admitted to Albany Medical Center Hospital, the Saratogian reported. South Glens Falls Police officer David Gifford told the newspaper one of the boys suffered a traumatic head injury.

The girl, 10, suffered minor injuries because she fell out of the bounce house from a shorter distance above the ground, according to WNYT-TV.

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The children were reportedly playing inside the bounce house as it sat in a small apartment complex when it suddenly took flight around 3:30 p.m., witnesses told South Glens Falls police. Gifford said that the house flew away even though it had been staked to the ground, and also added that there are no legal charges are expected to be filed in connection to the accident.

Once the bounce house was in the air, one boy reportedly fell about 15 to 20 feet onto a parked car while the other child landed on an asphalt parking lot, according to the Saratogian. Authorities told the newspaper that the boy who landed on the asphalt was conscious and was able to communicate.

"The first thing I thought was that was my sister falling through the sky, because all I saw was arms and legs going," Taylor Seymour, sister of the injured 10-year-old girl, told WNYT-TV.

Witnesses told WNYT-TV that the bounce house then sailed about 50 feet over a stretch of woods before it landed in a nearby middle school's athletic field.

At least 10 inflatables have been toppled by winds or collapsed under too much weight in the last two months around the country, causing injuries to more than 40 people, according to USA Today.

The Saratogian reported that the South Glens Falls bounce house was made by The Little Tikes Co. in Hudson, Ohio, which manufactures numerous toys and products for children. MGA Entertainment, of Van Nuys, California, bought the company in 2006, stated the newspaper.

"Providing safe and wholesome play experiences is of utmost importance to Little Tikes," spokesperson Jennifer Campana told the Saratogian Tuesday. "We are looking into what happened in South Glen Falls yesterday. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the children and their families."

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