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Published On: Tue, May 13th, 2014

Three New York children injured when bounce house blows away in the wind

Three kids were hurt Monday after falling from a bounce house which blew away in the gusting winds of New York State. The children, ages 5, 6 and 10, were playing inside when wind lifted the inflatable structure 50 feet into the air outside an apartment complex in South Glen Falls, Albany TV station WNYT reported.

bounce house blowing away New York“The first thing I thought was that was my sister falling through the sky, because all I saw was arms and legs going,” said Taylor Seymourto WNYT, whose 10-year-old sister was one of the children playing on the inflatable and suffered scrapes and a minor injury to her shoulder when she was tossed from the bounce house as it became airborne.

Parents say one boy was dropped onto a parked car and the other landed in the street.

“It dropped off the first little kid in the middle of the road, then it came the other way, it passed over my apartment, it dropped the second one, he hit his head on the back of my car and then he fell to the ground,” said Seymour.

South Glens Falls police are not releasing the victims’ names or conditions, but say the one boy who landed on pavement was conscious and talking at the scene.

Parents said the bounce house floated over a nearby stretch of woods and landed near a middle school. The structure was secured to the ground with spikes, but got swept up by high winds anyway, police said, noting eye witness testimony.

“It was like a horror movie,” neighbor Seymour told the Post-Star. “It just kept going up and up. It cleared our building and the trees.”

Witnesses and police say the man who owns the bounce house is not the father of the injured children.

The photos of the airborne bounce house were captured by a South Glens Falls student as she got ready for a lacrosse game.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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