- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Three children were hurt, two of them seriously, after they were ejected from an inflatable “bounce house” that went airborne in New York on Monday.

Two boys, ages 5 and 6, and a 10-year-old girl were playing inside the structure in a Glens Falls neighborhood when, like a scene out of “The Wizard of Oz,” a wind gust lifted it more than 50 feet into the air, The Post-Star reported.

One boy was thrown 30 or 40 feet and landed on asphalt, while another was tossed more than 20 feet onto a neighbor’s parked car. All of the children were reportedly ejected from the toy when it was about 15 feet above ground.

One boy suffered a traumatic head injury and the other suffered two broken arms and facial injuries. The girl suffered minor scrapes, the newspaper said.

South Glens Falls Police Patrolman David Gifford said their conditions were not known as of early Tuesday.

“It was like a horror movie,” said Taylor Seymour, whose car the boy landed on. “It just kept going up and up. It cleared our building and the trees.”

Residents said the 10x10 inflatable structure was affixed to the ground with stakes, but they were no match for the gusts that day.

“The witnesses said it was a sudden burst of wind and it just lifted off the ground,” Mr. Gifford told The Post-Star. “It was just a freak accident.”