Two boys seriously hurt when inflatable house goes airborne
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:28 AM -
Take a look at these frightening photos of a children's bounce house soaring through the air.
Police say a strong gust of wind sent the inflatable bouncy castle high into the air in South Glens Falls, New York on Monday.
The five and six-year-old boys playing inside of it fell out, tumbling about 15 to 20 feet to the ground.
Officials say the boys were hospitalized and seriously hurt.
According to police, the inflatable bouncer was staked down, but "a sudden and violent burst of wind" sent it flying.
Meteorologists at The Weather Channel say this incident surprised them since the winds were relatively calm on Monday.
"Winds were light at the Glens Falls reporting station at the reported time of the incident," said Stu Ostro, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel. Ostro says winds were only between 10-15 km/h.
Police told weather.com that the bounce house was rather small — "not the professional-sized ones you'd see at fairs and amusement parks."
In a 2012 study published by the Nationwide Children's Hospital, as many as 30 kids a day were treated in emergency rooms for injuries associated with inflatable bouncers.