Third wind related jumping castle accident in TucsonPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Unexpected winds put a damper on a fifth grade end-of-year party in Hoffman Park Friday. Parents rushed their kids away from a jumping castle just in time.
"The next thing you know, the jumping castle just launched," said Parent Brandi Brown.
Video shot by Brandi Brown shows a gust of wind pick up a jumping castle with the compressor still attached and toss it around violently before it wraps around a light pole. Brandi's daughter Courtney was one of the kids who got out moments before it went airborne.
"Thank god everybody was out," said Brown.
The high winds also blew all sorts of stuff around the park. That was the real problem.
"We had multiple people who were struck by multiple pieces of equipment and flying debris from the gust of win that rushed through this park," said Captain Trish Tracy from the Tucson Fire Department.
No one was seriously hurt. Emergency crews tended to five kids at the park. One 16-year-old boy had to go to the hospital.
Parents say the jumping castle company secured it safely to the ground and there was adult supervision at all times.
"We are just thankful of their quick thinking and supervision and getting them out of the jumping castle," said Tracy.
And after living through this, parents say they're done with jumping castles.
"You never know when it's going to happen. You're better off having one less risk," said a parent.
This was the third time in 2011 a jumping castle has taken flight when hit by a gust of wind. The first incident happened on the north side, in Marana, then on Speedway Boulevard near Stone Avenue.
In the two previous incidents, children were inside when the castle became airborne and injuries resulted.