“It was like a horror movie,” said the first witness. “It just kept going up and up.”
A group of party goers learned the hard way that even though those bouncy houses seem heavy – when a large gust of wind comes along and they are not anchored down properly – they’re nothing but a big parachute.
Two young boys were seriously hurt late Monday afternoon when a gust of wind blew an inflatable “bounce house” into the air with three children inside, tossing two of them to the asphalt from at least 15 feet above ground.
The boys, ages 5 and 6, were taken to Albany Medical Center, where they were admitted for serious injuries. One suffered a traumatic head injury, officials said. A 10-year-old girl who was inside suffered minor scrapes when she fell, according to her mother.
Taylor Seymour, a resident of the apartment building where the accident occurred, said the wind picked the structure up and spun it around as if it was in a small tornado. One boy was thrown 30 or 40 feet northeast onto Ferry Boulevard, the other about 20 feet southeast, landing on the back of Seymour’s car.
The wind blew the house more than 50 feet in the air, from in front of a four-apartment complex at 22 Ferry Blvd. to the fields behind Oliver W. Winch Middle School, according to police. The inflatable structure had to clear a large stretch of woods to get to school property.
Very strange… and we can imagine how that would turn a nice day with friends and family into a real life horror movie!