Another bounce house has blown away, injuring two children. The inflatable structure was secured in an open field at Robert Easton Regional Park in Littleton, Colorado. Witnesses said two children, a boy and a girl, were playing in and around the bounce house on Saturday afternoon, when it was dislodged by a strong wind.
According to witness reports, the little girl was unable to hold on as the bouncy house tumbled across the field. She was eventually launched approximately eight feet into the air before falling to the ground. As her injuries were minor, she was treated and released at the scene.
The little boy remained inside the inflatable structure as it rolled neatly 300 feet across the grass and down a small hill. Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the boy was transported to the hospital for treatment. However, his injuries are non life-threatening.
As reported by Huffington Post, Vannessa Atencio witnessed the incident:
“All of a sudden, it picks up and there’s a girl going down the slide… She flies about eight feet in the air. The slide tumbles across the field.”
Dave Colee also witnessed the frightening accident. Colee said “parents were screaming” and “moms were crying” as the bounce house was blown away. Although the incident was over in less than one minute, Colee said it looked like “slow-motion.”
The bounce house was operated by a company called Airbound. A representative said the inflatable structure was properly secured to the ground when the incident occurred.
In early May, three children were injured in a similar incident in Norfolk, Massachusetts. Witnesses said the privately owned bouncy house was carried up to 40 feet n the air by a strong wind.
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As reported by WCVB News, two of the children were seriously injured in the accident. Although they were hospitalized, they are expected to recover.
Unfortunately, bounce house injuries are far too common. Jim Barber, with the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials, said inflatable play structures “are probably the most dangerous amusement devices they have.”
As discussed by USA Today, the injuries are often caused by negligence. Barber said bouncy houses should be installed and monitored by a trained operator. He said “a lot of times they never get anchored down… they put too many kids in.”
Although the representative with Airbound said the inflatable structure was properly secured, Barber said bounce houses “don’t fly away if they’re properly installed.” Thankfully nobody was seriously injured when the Colorado bounce house was blown away.
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