Two young boys, ages five and six, and one 10-year-old girl, were in the bouncy house when it lifted. all three jumped out before the house completely got away.
While the girl only suffered minor scrapes and bruises, the two boys weren't as lucky. One of the boys fell on to asphalt from at least 15 feet in the air, while the other landed on a parked car. The two boys, who are kindergarteners at Harrison Avenue Elementary School, were rushed to Albany Medical Center to treat their injuries.
The incident occurred near an apartment building. Taylor Seymour, a resident there, witnessed the accident and said she saw the structure get picked up by the wind and spun around as if in a mini tornado. That's how the boys were thrown from the bouncy house.
"It was like a horror movie," she said. "It just kept going up and up. It cleared our building and the trees."
According to parents and South Glens Falls Police, the bouncy house flew over a stretch of woods and was found in a field behind a nearby middle school.
The bouncy castle was not owned by the children's parents, but by a resident in the apartment building. It was set up earlier on Monday for the kids to play in. Unfortunately, the wind was so strong that the stakes that held the playhouse were torn from the ground.
"I don't think people know that this can happen when it's windy," the mother of girl said.
As far as the experience goes, the 10-year-old's mom commented that the incident was more than scary: "My older daughters witnessed it and said it was just horrible. A big gust of wind just blew it right off the ground with the kids in it. It's just sickening."
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