Who hasn’t been to a birthday party with a bounce house? Kids love the inflatable structures but as a parent, it can be nerve-wracking to watch your child careen crazily off walls.
And those fears are justified: the number of kids hurt while using inflatable bounce houses and moonwalks has risen dramatically since 1995.
But an incident that took place late Monday afternoon in South Glen Falls, N.Y. is so terrifying, it’s almost impossible to believe it happened.
According to witnesses, a bounce house was swept 50 feet into the air with three children – a girl and two boys – inside. You can see a photo of the airborne structure here and I have to say, I audibly gasped when I saw how high this thing was.
The 10-year-old girl who was inside escaped with scrapes and bruises, but the other two were tossed out onto asphalt and suffered serious injuries. The little boys – ages five and six – were hospitalized, one with two broken arms and the other with a traumatic head injury.
“It was like a horror movie,” said one witness. “It just kept going up and up. It cleared our building and the trees.”
The owner of the bounce house told reporters that he has owned it for a few years and set it up numerous times. Authorities say it was affixed to the ground with stakes but the wind blew them free.
The mother of the injured girl said she never considered the potential danger of using a bounce house on windy days.
Do you let your child play in bounce houses? Would this news story make you re-consider?