Wind gust sends bounce house airborne in South Carolina

Five children were hospitalized in a bounce house accident Saturday at a church carnival in Taylors, South Carolina.

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

The accident happened 2 p.m. Saturday at a church carnival near Greenville, Taylors Fire Battalion Chief Ricky Reed told The Greenville News. The bounce houses crashed into a tree and power lines, and one of them rolled into Wade Hampton Boulevard as traffic approached.

Two of the children were hurt severely, Reed said.

The inflatable amusement was part of the Springwell Church annual Spring Carnival, the church said in a statement.

The bounce houses had been secured with stakes in the ground, according to Reed. The power lines weren’t live when they went down, he added.

“These fortunately were dead when they hit the ground or we would have had, or could have had, fatalities,” Reed said. “There’s no telling what would have happened.”

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