In South Glens Falls on Monday afternoon, three children were injured as
a result of an inflatable "bounce house" taking flight from
a strong gust of wind.
According to South Glens Falls Police, two young boys, ages 5 and 6, were
taken to Albany Medical Center after falling 15 to 20 feet from the floating
contraption. One of the boys fell onto a parked car and suffered a traumatic
head injury. The other landed on asphalt and was conscious and talking
at the scene. A 10-year-old girl, that fell from a much lower height,
suffered scrapes and bruises.
The contraption was a lightweight 8X8 foot Little Tikes brand bounce house.
It was set up at a small apartment complex at 22 Ferry Blvd as a backyard
activity for kids, not a commercial-size bounce house for a special occasion.
There was adult supervision, according to witnesses and the stucture was
staked to the ground.
Witnesses also said that the inflatable eventually reached 100 feet and
at one point came very close to power lines.
Police are considering this a tragic accident and no charges are pending.
Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor would like to wish a speedy recovery
to the victims. For more information see our article
Children and What it Means to Obtaining Legal.