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    Blown Away

    ...literally. Horrible, imagine the helpless feeling as a parent.

    http://www.saratogian.com/general-ne...with-wind-gust



    SOUTH GLENS FALLS >> Two young boys were hospitalized Monday with serious injuries after falling 15 to 20 feet from an inflatable “bounce house” that was lifted into the air by a strong gust of wind.

    The boys, ages 5 and 6, were taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital, one of them suffering from a traumatic head injury, South Glens Falls Police officer David Gifford said.

    A 10-year-old also sustained scrapes and bruises after falling from a much lower height.

    Police declined to release the children’s identities and an update on their conditions isn’t known.

    Witnesses told police that several adults were watching the children playing at a small apartment complex at 22 Ferry Blvd., when the bounce house suddenly took off at about 3:30 p.m. After the boys fell, it eventually went about 100 feet into the air, witnesses told police.

    “Luckily, they were tossed before it reached that height,” Gifford said. “It was found hundreds of yards away. It came very close to power lines.”

    Gifford said the inflatable was a Little Tikes brand toy that is about 10-foot-by-10-foot, not a commercial-size bounce house, and was recovered by police on fields behind Oliver W. Winch Middle School.

    One of the boys fell onto a parked car after he was tossed from the inflatable, while the other landed on asphalt, police said. The one who landed on asphalt was conscious and talking at the scene, police said.

    Moreau Emergency Squad and South Glens Falls Fire Department responded to the scene.

    Gifford said the bounce house was set up as a back yard activity for kids, not a birthday party or other special event.

    The structure was staked to the ground, Gifford said. He said he doesn’t know if the toy comes with instructions or if instructions were followed prior to its use.

    Police said the incident is considered a tragic accident and no charges are pending.

    The lightweight bounce house is manufactured by The Little Tikes Company, based in Hudson, Ohio, that makes a variety of children’s toys and products. The company was purchased by Van Nuys, Ca.-based MGA Entertainment in September 2006.

    “Providing safe and wholesome play experiences is of utmost importance to Little Tikes,” spokesperson Jennifer Campana said. “We are looking into what happened in South Glen Falls yesterday. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the children and their families.”

    She did not say if the bounce house product comes with ground stakes and instructions on how to set up the toy.

    The company website says the toy has an enclosed bounce area that lets kids jump around “without worry of falling off.” Also, inflatable walls and netting keep kids from bouncing out of the play area, the website says.

    Joseph Roland, owner of Jumping Bean Party Rental in Wilton, said, “There are no (bounce house) regulations in New York state. There are best practices. The biggest thing is staking down the equipment. Most problems happen when they aren’t staked down or aren’t staked down correctly.”

    He said larger bounces should always be staked down with stakes that are at least 18 inches long and that inflatables should never be used when winds exceed 20 mph.

    “Take kids out and shut it down,” he said.

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    jesus...those thing have to be anchored...had a similar thing happen at my nieces bithday party a few years ago...no one was hurt but the bounce house flipped over and went down a ravine when the wind picked up...

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    A hundred feet in the air? Where they having their kids play in a hurricane , tornado? It had to be pretty windy to get that thing that high.

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    These folks clearly should be following CookieMonsta on Twitter

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    Bounce House filled with Helium?

    Jeez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby2 View Post
    These folks clearly should be following CookieMonsta on Twitter

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    Auntie Em, Auntie Em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigragu View Post
    It had to be pretty windy to get that thing that high.
    Wow....dude...you must be a meteorologist..or something. Your talents are wasted here.




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