5 children injured after bounce house, inflatable slide go airborne

Credit Trish Lattin

A group of children were injured when a jumping castle they were playing on suddenly became airborne.

A wind gust sent an inflatable bounce house and slide sailing into the air over the weekend during a church carnival, injuring five children.

The children were all taken to the hospital.

"Several children had fallen from the bouncy house or inflatable from approximately 30 feet in the air", Ricky Reed, Taylors fire battalion chief, told WLOS.

The accident happened around 2 p.m. Saturday at Springwell Church.

David Pearson, operations pastor at the church, posted a statement on Facebook.


A witness said the bouncy house was anchored down with stakes and straps.

The children were in at least one of the bounce houses at Springwell Church, witnesses said.

It was supposed to be a fun Saturday for those attending a small carnival at a church saturday, but Mother Nature quickly turned things upside down.

"These [powerlines] fortunately were dead when they hit the ground or we would have had or could have had fatalities", Reed said.

German also indicated that when it fell back down, it made an audible noise and the power momentarily failed. They were able to respond before fire crews arrived, Reed said.

Elvis German, who was working nearby, said one house became caught on power lines and was about 20 feet in the air, FOX6 writes. We are saddened for those who were injured during the unfortunate accident today.

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