Two boys ages 5 and 6 are still recovering Thursday after falling two stories from a bounce house that had been swept away by a strong gust of wind.
The boys were seriously injured Monday while playing in the bounce house that was in a yard near their apartment in South Glens Falls, New York. The bounce house was swept up in a "sudden and strong burst of wind," according to a police statement.
The boys fell to the ground after the inflatable house was lifted 15 to 20 feet into the air.The 6-year-old was found in the street, and the 5-year-old was found in the apartment building parking lot, police said. Another 10-year old girl was hurt but not seriously injured. The mother of the 10-year-old girl said her child was near the bounce house’s door and was tossed out as it lifted off the ground.
Police say several adults were monitoring the children and the bounce house was properly staked to the ground..
Little Tikes, the bounce house manufacturer released a statement saying, "Providing safe and wholesome play experiences is of utmost importance to Little Tikes. We are looking into what happened in South Glen Falls. ... In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the children and their families."
According to a study by Nationwide Children's Hospital bounce house-related injuries have been increasing in the U.S. as much as 1,500% between 1995 and 2010. From 2008 to 2010, injuries more than doubled.