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Inflated bouncy castle carried 110 feet up by high winds (Video)

February 24, 2011 - 03:47 PM
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Government forecasters have enhanced their prognosis for tomorrow’s squally weather: We are now under a wind advisory from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday for gusts that could approach 45 or 50 m.p.h. (ratcheted down from an earlier estimate of 60 m.p.h.). In celebration, Pepco has already reported outages scattered throughout the city and ‘burbs. It’s been quite a windy week or two for us, but what mischief have the four winds been up to elsewhere?

• An Arizona girl sustained head injuries at a birthday party after a suspected microburst blew the Moon Bounce she was in 110 feet into the air. It later landed on a house. Reports the Daily Mail:

Alissa Baray and her 11-year-old sister and Jessica were playing on the structure in their back garden when a ‘microburst’ is thought to have torn through their street at a speed of 160mph.

The bouncy castle was tied down but the force of the wind sent it flying into the sky with their father desperately giving chase.

Neighbours looked on in horror as the fully inflated structure sailed through the air with its engine still attached.

This isn't from the Arizona incident, but here's an impressive video of what a hard rain of bouncy castles looks like:

• And in Perth, Australia, a sculpture by artist Tomas Saraceno had to be removed from an arts fair because parts of it kept blowing away. The inflatable “Cloud City” was composed of berrylike clumps of helium-filled bubbles. A powerful wind relocated the bulk of the sculpture about 9 miles out to sea. The festival’s organizers say:

While the Perth Festival is a proud commissioner of new, experimental work, there is risk associated with such cutting-edge prototypes. The helium-filled modules, made of two layers – an outer skin and an internal bladder – gave way in the face of a strong easterly wind at Perth’s Langley Park. The exact circumstances of the technical fault are still under examination.

The Perth Festival deeply regrets the Perth audience will no longer be able to experience this beautiful but ultimately ephemeral work.

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