‘Bounce house’ with three children inside blown away by gust of wind

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SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Two New York boys were hospitalized on Monday after a strong gust of wind blew an inflatable bounce house high off the ground while they were playing inside, according to multiple media reports.

WNYT is reporting a 10-year-old girl and two boys, ages 5 and 6, were in the bounce house when it broke loose from stakes holding it down. The inflatable toy floated as high as 50-feet in the air, according to the report.

The three kids fell out of the bouncy house. The two boys were seriously injured. One boy landed on a parked car and the other boy landed on asphalt.

The girl only suffered minor scrapes and bruises.

41 comments

  • Diane Purcell

    Doesn’t the manufacturer suggest staking them down – tieing them etc? (serious question because I really don’t know) Poor kids! Had to have traumatized them – AND the parents too!

    • Candice

      TAs A Bounce House Owner Yes The Manual Does Stress The Importance Of Using The Stakes Because this Could occur I Pray AFast Recovery For Those KIddos This Is A Terrible Thing!

      • Jonathan

        When PROPERLY staked down with specified rope/chords it is highly unlikely that this would happen, unless what we’d call a “Micro Burst” wind were to happen. Micro Burst are rare but they happen. If indeed children were hurt, I wish them a speedy recovery! Thank God none of the kids died! As for myself, I’d like to slightly modify a large bounce house and fill it with helium and anchor it over a lake.

    • Jonathan

      When PROPERLY staked down with specified rope/chords it is highly unlikely that this would happen, unless what we’d call a “Micro Burst” wind were to happen. Micro Burst are rare but they happen. If indeed children were hurt, I wish them a speedy recovery! Thank God none of the kids died! As for myself, I’d like to slightly modify a large bounce house and fill it with helium and anchor it over a lake.

      • Rob

        I’d be more inclined to suspect a Dust Devil than a Microburst. Dust Devils have upward moving air, like a tornado, whereas Microbursts are downward moving. Both can have huge HORIZONTAL winds associated, but judging from the relatively clear sky and the height of the bounce house, it looks more like Dust Devil work to me. We see them here in AZ, sometimes thousands of feet high!

  • Jethro Bodnick

    Note to all parents – NEVER RENT A BOUNCE HOUSE OR ALLOW YOUR KID TO PLAY ON ONE! They are seriously dangerous and injuries happen all the time.

    • frank Weiner's

      Your stupid I played in them all my life as a kid and was never injured not even once nor was anyone else your just a paranoid freak

      • Scott Hanson

        Frank,

        While I agree with your assessment that Jethro is being overly paranoid…

        I’d like to comment about your calling him “stupid” by repeating your own comment back to you, including corrections.

        Corrections in [brackets].

        Your [You’re] stupid[.] I played in them all my life as a kid and was never injured not even once[,] nor was anyone else[.] your[You’re] just a paranoid freak[.]

        If you are going to call someone stupid, try not to write like you dropped out of school in the eighth grade yourself.

    • JAson Gibson

      Parents, never let your kids play in a pool they could drown also, and dont let them use hammers, hammers kill more people each yeear then guns, and never let them be born, because then they for sure will die. all you idiots, life is fun, live it, shit happens. You try to be smart and play safe to prevent it. Maybe Bill Ingvall had something with people should just wear signs. Then you wouldnt sell them stuff.

      • jastin bieltz

        Thank you. You know why your kids get hurt? 2 reasons. They are kida and accidents happen or youre a horrible parent. But youre right.

    • Jonathan

      When PROPERLY staked down with specified rope/chords it is highly unlikely that this would happen, unless what we’d call a “Micro Burst” wind were to happen. Micro Burst are rare but they happen. If indeed children were hurt, I wish them a speedy recovery! Thank God none of the kids died! As for myself, I’d like to slightly modify a large bounce house and fill it with helium and anchor it over a lake.

  • aislinn

    I set these up for a living, and they are not that dangerous. The picture looks fake, and it would take extremely high wind speeds to even get the thing airborne

    • Jonathan

      When PROPERLY staked down with specified rope/chords it is highly unlikely that this would happen, unless what we’d call a “Micro Burst” wind were to happen. Micro Burst are rare but they happen. If indeed children were hurt, I wish them a speedy recovery! Thank God none of the kids died! As for myself, I’d like to slightly modify a large bounce house and fill it with helium and anchor it over a lake.

      • Zues

        When PROPERLY staked down with specified rope/chords it is highly unlikely that this would happen, unless what we’d call a “Micro Burst” wind were to happen. Micro Burst are rare but they happen. If indeed children were hurt, I wish them a speedy recovery! Thank God none of the kids died! As for myself, I’d like to slightly modify a large bounce house and fill it with helium and anchor it over a lake.

  • oobrien89

    “were in the bounce house when it broke loose from stakes holding it down.”

    Pretty sure it stated that it was staked to the ground.

  • Crystal Swisher

    am thinking if this is real, it’s actually pretty comical……….sorry the little kids got hurt, but it does seem strange that thing being so high in the air – it’s not all that light.

  • Cindy

    Nothing is comical about something like this….children were severely hurt and I don’t think anyone thought of this bouncey house getting blown away like it did! This was so scary and I am sure the parents were nervous wrecks! God Bless them!

  • dumbfounded

    This South glens falls is in the Adirondack mountains which gets windy. Also maybe just maybe they made a mistake on the footage of how high they were. I’m sure they didn’t have a tape measure while they were frantically trying to rescue the children.

  • Damien Buchta

    And also we get crazy gusts of wind out of no where here, which is what everyones been saying happened

  • Jonathan

    When PROPERLY staked down with specified rope/chords it is highly unlikely that this would happen, unless what we’d call a “Micro Burst” wind were to happen. Micro Burst are rare but they happen. If indeed children were hurt, I wish them a speedy recovery! Thank God none of the kids died! As for myself, I’d like to slightly modify a large bounce house and fill it with helium and anchor it over a lake.

  • Blake Hemric

    First off sending prayers for the children and families involved. As a parent I know the feeling when one of your children has been hurt.

    Just to frame a slight basis for my comment. I have owned a bounce house company in Winston Salem and have been in the party rental business for 14 years. So I checked on this story and found out one important thing about this story. The bounce house in question is what we in the party rental industry call a non-commercial or residential unit. These are the type of things you buy at Walmart, Toys R US, etc. with Little Tykes Brand being one of the most popular. They are made for residential use only and are not a commercial grade unit, like those that we use in the party rental business. They are inherently more dangerous than any commercial unit when it comes to bad weather situations. Reasons being they only come with small plastic stakes, and are made with a real lightweight nylon material. That particular unit probably weighs anywhere from 45-65 lbs, and has no roof,

    Now I’m not trying to knock these type units as they have their place in the market, just pointing out the shortcomings of these units. In NC you have to have yearly inspections done by the NC Dept of Labor, and carry a million dollar liability insurance policy. The residential units cannot be used for commercial rentals, as the State will not pass them for inspection, and justly so. There are uninsured and non-inspected companies out there renting them and it is putting your children at risk.

    When you want to rent a bounce house, ask the company a few questions, Are they insured and inspected? If so the NC Dept of Labor will have them on file, and you can verify through the NCDOL. Second, what kind of training do you require of your employees, and do you offer any training to the end user, the customer. NC requires all bounce houses to have an adult attendant, who has been trained on the safety rules and emergency operating procedures of that particular unit. So if you do the attending or hire my company to do it for you, there will be a trained operator on site, as we train our employees and customers on the units, and leave them with a safety guide to follow.

  • Blake Hemric

    Just wanted to add, that a commercial grade bounce house, properly staked down or sandbagged, can withstand winds up to 15-20 mph, and gusts up to 25 mph. I could not find the weather conditions for the day this event happened, but it could have been a burst or a steady wind that over time loosened the stakes or small rope tie downs that were attached to the plastic stakes. There could be one major factor or several factors involved in why this happened.

    PS: to add directly to my comment from before, we use a 30 inch stake to secure our inflatables, and the tie downs are rated at 3700 lbs each of holding power.

  • Bec

    Glad the kids are going to be ok. Shaken up but ok. We have 2 of these things. It states on the bounce house to not use them on windy days. It provides a specific wind speed on ours.

  • FRANKDAWG

    If you watch some of the videos they say they watched him stake them down with the proper stuff

  • ims90

    so tragic may god be with those children and the families and a fast recovery for them! as for some of you who leave comments so immature to comment on someone’s parenting or judgement on these bounce houses anything is possible good or bad you can die from eating a poison fruit and somehow blame the parent for not washing the fruit it’s ridiculous accidents happen and this one is tragic there’s innocent children involved be more mindful and considerate to these family’s involved in no way is this comical

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