Have you ever seen a flying bounce house? It isn’t as fun as it sounds. Three children were injured this week after a “freak dust devil” sent a bounce house flying through the air with the kids inside.
According to MSN, three children were playing in a bounce house in South Glens Falls, New York on Monday when a strong gust of wind sent the toy castle airborne. Two of the children, ages 5 and 6, suffered injuries when they fell out of the bounce house while it was about 15 feet in the air. The other child, 10, fell out of the bounce house as soon as it took flight and only received minor injuries.
Taylor Seymour, whose sister was injured in the accident, told WLIX: “The first thing I thought was that was my sister falling through the sky, because all I saw was arms and legs going.”
South Glens Falls was experiencing 6-8 mph wind gusts during the time of the accident but AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Leister noted that winds can get much stronger in localized areas.
Leister said: “Wind gusts can be very localized and also depending on terrain and structures, winds can be funneled and become much stronger than other nearby areas, which could possibly explain the extreme wind gusts responsible for lifting the inflatable bounce house.”
Another AccuWeather.com Meteorologist, Jesse Ferrell, said that the flying bounce house may have been caused by a “freak dust devil.”
Ferrell said: “The truth is, vortexes are all around us constantly; it takes something physical to give them shape such as dust, snow, steam or leaves.”
WOW – Wind gust sends ‘bounce house’ 50 feet in the air, seriously injuring 2 boys! https://t.co/YhihAA3E9H … pic.twitter.com/9oG4MGTQUF
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The Glens Falls Post Star reports that two of the children were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries after the accident.