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Three children in upstate New York were having fun playing in a bouncy house one afternoon, but they never expected they would fly.

The Glen Falls Post-Star reports that three children were playing in an inflatable “bouncy house” in South Glen Falls, New York, when the structure was suddenly picked up by a fierce gust of wind and carried almost 50 feet above ground.

The bouncy house was reported to be at least 15 feet up in the air when it violently dumped the two boys who were inside, ages 5 and 6, to the ground. One was thrown approximately 20 feet in one direction, landing on a parked car, while the other was thrown in the opposite direction, crashing to the pavement.

According to one official, the boys were taken to Albany Medical Center and are said to be in serious condition, while one sustained a traumatic head injury. Police have not released the boys’ names, but a police officer said the boy who landed on the pavement was talking at the scene, and that the other appeared to have two broken arms.  

The bouncy house also had a 10-year-old girl inside. The girl’s mother told authorities that her daughter escaped the incident with minor cuts and bruises.

“It was like a horror movie,” said neighbor Taylor Seymour, who witnessed the incident. “It just kept going up and up. It cleared our building and the trees.”

A woman nearby took an amazing photo of the bouncy house traveling through the air, and sold it to the Post-Star on the condition that proceeds from its sale go to the boys’ families to help pay medical costs.

The Little Tikes brand inflatable house was about 10 feet wide by 10 feet tall, and was tied down by stakes when the sudden gust of wind uprooted it.

Officials say that bouncy house incidents like this one have become common since the toys are now popular, and that people should be aware of the dangers of using inflatable structures on windy days. Duly noted!

Source: Glen Falls Post-Star