May 14, 2014

Toy House Takes Flight, Two Young Reluctant Aeronauts Are Injured

A Little Tikes brand "Bounce House" toy took to the air in passive flight on May 14th 2014, along with two young boys ages 5 and 6. Emily Boucher, South Glens Falls New York student, took a photo of a house in phlight, as you can see below:

Don Lehman, Post-star reporter, wrote:
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 bounce house was at least 15 feet off the ground when the boys flew out.
“It was like a horror movie,” she said. “It just kept going up and up. It cleared our building and the trees.”
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fields behind Oliver W. Winch Middle School, according to police and the girl’s mother, who spoke on condition her name not be published. The inflatable structure had to clear a large stretch of woods to get to school property.
“My older daughters witnessed it and said it was just horrible,” the girl’s mother said. “A big gust of wind just blew it right off the ground with the kids in it. It’s just sickening.”
The bounce house was owned by a resident of the complex, and it had been set up for neighborhood children. Gifford and the mother of the girl said it was fixed to the ground with stakes, but the wind pulled them out.
 The children were hurt very badly as they fell from the house at various stages of ascent. A sobering reminder that life in the air will require safety exits, parachutes, and other means of descending to the ground safely.

We at "Law of the Air" wish the kids a full recovery.


Post-Star report:  Two boys seriously injured when bounce house is blown into the air by wind