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Apr042011

Two Kids Injured When Jumping Castle Goes Airborne in Arizona

ABC News/KGUN-TV(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- A dust devil lifted an inflated jumping castle containing two children approximately 15 feet into the air Saturday and blew it across three lanes of traffic before it landed in the median of a busy highway in Tucson, Arizona.

Emergency teams from the Tucson fire department were called to rescue the boy and girl, who were in the jumping castle at the time.  Both children, who were said to be between the ages of 7 and 10, were taken to a hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident occurred at a children's festival at the Arabian Oasis cultural center at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, when a strong whirlwind formed behind the castle.

Bill Pace, director of Arabian Oasis, told ABC News' Tucson affiliate KGUN-TV that he ran over and tried to stop the castle from soaring away, but was knocked to the ground by the strong winds.  Pace said he suffered scrapes and bruises from being knocked over by the jumping castle.

Rental company workers had tethered the inflatable attraction to the ground with several large stakes.  Pace said that he thought it was secure.

This is the second time this year that a jumping castle has gone airborne with children inside in Pima County, Arizona.  Two young girls were in a bounce house that blew over a fence and onto a roof on Feb. 19.  In that incident, one of the girls was seriously injured and the other suffered minor injuries.  Both have since recovered and are doing well, KGUN reports.

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