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Four children, ages 5 to 11, hospitalized after wind sent bounce house flying at Arizona party


Four children, ages 5 to 11, are hospitalized with serious injuries after gust of wind sent bounce house airborne during a party in Arizona

  • Winds gusting to 22mph in Mesa, Arizona, picked up bounce house with children inside several feet off the ground during a party Thursday 
  • Four children between ages 5 and 11 suffered moderate to serious injuries requiring hospitalization 
  • Incident comes just days after another bounce house in Arizona was carried by wind 25 feet in the air, leaving two girls with fractures and back injuries  

A strong gust of wind sent a bounce house flying several feet into the air and left four children injured during a party in Arizona.

The incident took place at around 4pm in a park located inside a gated community near Brown Road and Val Vista Drive in Mesa, where a children’s party marking the end of the school year was in progress.

Witnesses said powerful wind swept over the area, sending the bounce house airborne while several children were playing inside.

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Two bounce houses are seen deflated on the ground in Mesa, Arizona, after a strong gust of wind picked up at least one of them, leaving four children injured 

The accident took place during a party in a gated community near Brown Road and Val Vista Drive on Thursday

The accident took place during a party in a gated community near Brown Road and Val Vista Drive on Thursday

Four children between the ages of 5 and 11 were hospitalized with moderate to serious injuries after the bounce house became airborne

Four children between the ages of 5 and 11 were hospitalized with moderate to serious injuries after the bounce house became airborne 

Four children between the ages of 5 and 11 were treated by paramedics at the scene and then taken to an area hospital with moderate to serious injuries, reported ABC15.

Video from a news helicopter later showed two adjacent inflatable structures lying deflated in the grass.

According to Arizona’s Weather Authority, wind gusts reached 22 mph in Mesa on Thursday afternoon. 

The accident comes just four days after another bounce house with two young girls inside was carried about 25 feet in the air by a ‘dust devil’ whirlwind in Paulden, Arizona, located 65 miles southwest of Flagstaff. 

The incident comes just days after another bounce house (pictured) in Arizona was carried by winds 25 feet in the air, leaving two girls with fractures and back injuries

The incident comes just days after another bounce house (pictured) in Arizona was carried by winds 25 feet in the air, leaving two girls with fractures and back injuries

The play structure became airborne despite being secured with stakes and sandbags, and continued to tumble before coming to rest 75 yards from where it was originally set up for a birthday celebration.  

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office stated that a six-year-old girl suffered a broken leg and a seven-year-old old sustained neck and back injuries, and cuts to her face. Both children were airlifted to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 

Layla, the six-year-old, is now in a wheelchair while recovering from multiple fractures, according to the description of a GoFundMe campaign. 

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