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Bounce house goes airborne with young children inside

Posted: Updated: May 14, 2014 02:15 PM
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Deflated Bounce House (Courtesy of South Glens Falls Police) Deflated Bounce House (Courtesy of South Glens Falls Police)
SOUTH GLENS FALLS N.Y. - Eyewitnesses say it was like a scene out of a horror film on Monday, as an inflatable bounce house went airborne with children inside.

One girl and two boys were inside the bounce house when a gust of wind yanked the toy off the ground by a townhouse. The girl's sister says she witnessed the incident unfold, telling NEWS10 ABC her sister fell out as the bounce house started to float away.

The two boys were trapped inside and did not fall out until the inflatable toy was about 15 to 20 feet off the ground.

Police say the two boys suffered serious injuries, including head trauma. They were flown to Albany Medical Center, at last check both boys are in stable condition. 

Stephanie Hansen, a family friend, was able to visit the two boys at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday.

“We are all just waiting and praying, trying to give family some peace,” she said.

The South Glens Falls District Office has confirmed that the boys involved in the incident are students at the district. The staff at the school has been in contact with the families and is hoping for a full recovery. 

“Our teacher and principal were down there yesterday with the family and had a chance to see the boys and again we are hoping they will make great progress and continue to pull through this,” said Michael Patton the Superintendent of South Glens Falls School District.

Both victims are kindergarten students at Harrison Avenue Elementary. Patton said the school was notified right away. 

“Obviously we wanted to respond appropriately and bring our teachers together early Tuesday morning and provide as much support as we can for our school community as well as the families who were involved,” he said. 

Neighbors say the owner of the bounce house had the toy for several years, and always properly staked it to the ground.

Police recovered the bounce house where it landed, in the sports field at Oliver Winch Middle School. 

The South Glens Falls Police Department said they want to make it clear that the parents and neighbors watching the children did everything they were supposed to do. They also say it looks like there will be no criminal charges filed against the owner as they described the incident as a freak accident. 

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