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Monday
Jun062011

Thirteen Kids Hurt After Bounce Houses Fly Away in Strong Wind

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Strong winds lifted three bounce houses with children playing inside into the air and tumbled them along the ground at a youth soccer tournament in Oceanside, New York, injuring 13 children.

"It was the craziest thing you ever saw," parent Vinny Garone told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV in New York.  "The next inflatable that two of my kids were in started bouncing and sliding.  I tried to catch it, and it just flattened me."

The three bounce houses were part of the entertainment set up for children at the Oceanside United Soccer Club's tournament Saturday at Oceanside School 9.

There were several children inside the houses when suddenly, a gust of wind picked up the houses and sent them tumbling across the schoolyard, witnesses told WABC-TV.

"We were on the field when we saw it," Marcus Unger said.  "We heard people screaming and we turned around, and the big bouncy house was flying around.  And all these people were running away, scared.  It looked like there were a lot of people hurt."

Several people outside the bounce houses were hit as they rolled along the ground.

Besides the 13 children in the bounce houses, two people were injured by the tumbling inflatable attractions.

Even though none of the injuries were serious, parents told WABC-TV the day was ruined.

"It's a big shame that it worked out this way, because the children really do enjoy it," parent Carol Cola said.  "And it's the last game, it's a chance to tell your coaches how great they were, to tell your kids how great they played.  It's a beautiful day, and it just got destroyed."

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