2 boys hospitalized after bounce house flies 50 feet into the air

2 boys hospitalized after bounce house flies 50 feet into the air

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by ABC News

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

(ABC News) -- Two boys remained hospitalized in Upstate New York today after a bounce house they were playing in was swept off the ground during a windstorm.

The inflatable playhouse had been staked to a front yard Monday in South Glens Falls, while the boys and a girl played inside.

Witnesses said a gust of wind upward of 25 mph, lifted the house approximately 50 feet  – more than two stories high — and  carried it over a stretch of woods before dropping it on a two-story schoolhouse.


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“It was like a horror movie,” resident Taylor Seymour told ABC News. “That poor, little kid came flying, just came flying out of nowhere.”

All three children survived. The girl, 10, fell out just after liftoff and suffered scrapes. The boys, 5 and 6, suffered injuries ranging from two broken arms to a serious head injury after one was dropped onto the street below and the other, onto a car.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates the number of injured because of inflatable playhouses to be in the thousands each year.

Little Tikes, the manufacturer of the playhouse, said it was looking into the accident.

“Providing safe and wholesome outdoor play experiences is of utmost important to Little Tikes,” a statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the children and their families.”

 

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