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Another bouncy-house child horror: SC bouncy takes flight with children inside

13 April 2017

TAYLORS, S.C. (AP) Two bounce houses were lifted into the air by a gust of wind, sending five children to the hospital, SC authorities say.

As an update Sunday afternoon, Pastor Pearson wrote: 'To my knowledge, two children remain hospitalized, in stable condition, for the treatment of injuries sustained in yesterday's accident.

Springwell Church invites the community to attend its free spring carnival each year, but this year the carnival ended in tears, with church members asking for prayer.

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

In May 2014, two boys from upstate NY were hurt after falling almost two stories when a gust of wind swept up the inflatable bounce house they were playing in, police said.

"They looked really hurt", he said, adding that he didn't think there were any children that were in the inflatable that flew into the power lines.

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Taylors Fire Department Battalion Chief Rickey Reed confirmed that the stakes in the ground initially secured the inflatables, but weren't enough to stand up to the gust of wind that came through.

German also indicated that when it fell back down, it made an audible noise and the power momentarily failed.

They say an unexpected wind gust lifted the bounce house and carried it onto power lines. "There's no telling what would have happened".

Uniformed off-duty deputies were able to respond before fire crews arrived, Reed said.

In their statement on Facebook, the church says they are praying for those who were injured.

Another bouncy-house child horror: SC bouncy takes flight with children inside