Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Five kids hurt when bounce house goes airborne

Five kids hurt when bounce house goes airborne

Five children at a church festival in SC were injured Saturday when inflatable bounce houses came unanchored by gusts of wind.

The incident happened at Springwell Church's Spring Carnival in Taylors.

At least five children were injured after two inflatable bounce houses went flying. Per WYFF, two of the children were severely injured, but the other three were able to walk. The children were attending the church carnival when the accident occurred.

Kellie Owens, a witness, said she heard the children screaming.

Reed said it's highly unusual for wind gusts to suddenly swoop in during a relatively calm day.

They say an unexpected wind gust lifted the bounce house and carried it onto power lines.

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Battalion Chief Ricky Reed with the Taylors Department saw the stakes in the ground initially securing the inflatables. The power line succeeded in stopping the house from going into traffic, but it also resulted in lost power for nearly 1,000 people, according to Fox Carolina.

"Duke Energy told me that the lines had 12,460 volts running through them, which would have resulted in instant death when touched", Reed said. Kids fell from the air as they were thrown out of the bounce house.

Operations pastor David Pearson said in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon that two children were in the hospital in stable condition.

One hit a tree and another hit a power line, CNN reported.

'We join their families, in prayer, for their full recovery'.

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