Boys tossed from flyaway bouncer still in hospital

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Video report by Barry Wygel, TWC News Albany

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 14 at 3:41 PM

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Two young boys who fell from an inflatable bounce house as it was swept skyward by gusty winds remained hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday, one in a medically induced coma with a head injury, according to police.

A 10-year-old girl and two boys, ages 5 and 6, were playing in the 10-by-10-foot roofless nylon playhouse at a South Glens Falls townhouse community Monday afternoon when the 38-pound Little Tikes toy product broke loose from plastic anchoring stakes, local police said.

Commercial bounce houses rented for parties and other events are made of heavy vinyl, weigh 200 to 250 pounds, and are secured by 18-inch steel stakes.

The girl fell out immediately and suffered minor scrapes, but the boys didn't tumble out until the toy was 15 feet in the air. Police Chief Kevin Judd told the Glens Falls Post Star that one boy hit a parked car as he fell and suffered a serious head injury. The other has two broken arms and several broken facial bones. They were airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

The chief said the investigation was continuing but no charges were likely to be filed. He called it a "tragic accident."

There have been other accidents involving windblown bounce houses. In Scottsdale, Arizona, a bounce house outside a McDonald's restaurant was pushed into traffic by a gust of wind in March 2012. No injuries were reported.

In June 2011, strong winds tumbled three bounce houses with children inside them at a youth soccer tournament in Oceanside, New York. Minor injuries were reported.

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Information from: The Post-Star, http://www.poststar.com

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3 kids hurt when wind blows bounce house into air

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Two New York boys are hospitalized after a strong gust of wind blew an inflatable bounce house high off the ground while they were playing inside it.

Police tell The Post-Star of Glens Falls that a 10-year-old girl and two boys, ages 5 and 6, were in the structure at a South Glens Falls townhouse community Monday afternoon when it broke loose from stakes holding it down.

Officers say the girl was near the door and fell as it became airborne, suffering minor scrapes. They say the bounce house was about 15 feet off the ground when the boys tumbled out.

One landed on a parked car while the other fell onto asphalt.

Both are hospitalized Tuesday morning. Information on their injuries and conditions hasn't been released.

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Information from: The Post-Star, http://www.poststar.com

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