Could This Children’s Birthday Staple Maim Your Kids?

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In a frightening twist of events Monday, an inflatable bouncy castle in New York took flight with three children inside of it and sent two young boys to the hospital.

Although the castle was staked down, a strong gust of wind was able to lift the structure into the air with a 10-year-old girl and two boys aged five and six inside. The girl fell out as it started to rise, but the boys fell from a height of about 15 feet. One suffered a traumatic head injury.

Once the boys fell out, the castle continued to float upwards until it reached almost 50 feet in the air. Taylor Seymour, who witnessed the event, told the Post Star, “It was like a horror movie. It just kept going up and up. It cleared our building and the trees.”

South Glen Falls Patrolman David Gifford said the Little Tikes brand toy was set up for neighborhood children outside of an apartment complex. He explained, “The witnesses said it was a sudden burst of wind and it just lifted off the ground. It was just a freak accident.”

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