3 Kids Hurt as ‘Bounce House’ Toy Gets Blown Away in the Wind

Apparently nothing is safe anymore.

Two young boys in South Glen Falls, N.Y., were seriously injured Monday after the inflatable “bounce house” toy they were playing in was sent soaring 100 feet into the air by a tremendous gust of wind, according to reports.

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The boys, who are 5 and 6 years old, were hospitalized, and one of them suffered head trauma, The Saratogian reported.

South Glens Falls Police Patrolman David Gifford said the inflatable structure was blown several hundred yards from a small Ferry Boulevard apartment to fields behind Oliver W. Winch Middle School at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The boys fell out as the structure was taking off, at a height of about 15 to 20 feet, witnesses told police.

The third child, a 10-year-old-girl, was also playing into the “house,” but she only suffered minor injuries.

The 8 x8 version of the “Bouncer” is pictured.
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After falling out of the airborne toy, one of the boys landed on a parked car and the other landed on asphalt.

"Luckily, they were tossed before it reached that height," Gifford said. "It was found hundreds of yards away. It came very close to power lines."

The toy, which is made by The Little Tikes Company, was reportedly staked to the ground, according to The Saratogian.

"Providing safe and wholesome play experiences is of utmost importance to Little Tikes," spokesperson Jennifer Campana said. "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."

The bounce house was ultimately recovered by police at a nearby middle school.

There are reports of at least two other similar incidents involving inflatable bouncy toys being victims of strong gales of wind:

• One man in Spain was arrested just last month after the five “bouncy castles” he was operating were sent to lofty heights courtesy of a sudden gust of wind. No injuries were reported in that instance.

• A 10-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl in Tuscon, Arizona, were seriously injured after a strong whirlwind, also known as a”dust devil,” blew a “bouncy castle” — with the children still inside — 15 feet in the air and over a fence, landing in the middle of a highway.