SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Two young children, who unfortunately fell from an inflatable bounce house that was swept towards the sky by strong winds, were hospitalized in a stable condition. One of them suffered a head injury and was still in a medically induced coma.
According to the NYPD, on Monday afternoon, two boys, (with ages five and six) and a girl with age 10, were playing in a 10-by-10 feet roofless nylon playhouse at a townhouse community in South Glens Falls, when suddenly the Little Tikes toy, weighing 38 pounds, exploded from plastic anchoring stakes.
The girl immediately fell out and suffered slight scraps, however, the boys fall down until the toy had traveled 15 feet in the air. Kevin Judd, the police chief told the Glens Falls Post Star that one of the boys fell on a parked car and suffered a severe head injury, while the other boy got his arms and several facial bones fractured. They were immediately carried to Albany Medical Center via an aircraft.
It is worth mentioning here that commercial bounce houses, usually rented out for events or parties are made up of heavy vinyl, and normally weigh around 200 to 250 pounds and are further protected by 18 inch long steel stakes.
The police chief called it a “tragic accident” and said that although an investigation is in progress, yet it is likely that no charges would be filed against anyone.
Type of accidents like this one is not happening for the first time. Accidents involving bounce houses blown away by wind, have been recorded earlier too. Two years back, in March, a similar accident was seen in the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, where a bounce house near a McDonald’s restaurant was forced into heavy traffic by a blast of wind. However, there were no injuries reported.
Similarly, in June 2011, three bounce houses with some children inside, were blown away by strong winds, at a soccer tournament in Oceanside. However, no serious injuries were reported.