From the ABC 7 Weather team

Bounce house blows away in Arizona; third this year (VIDEO)

May 16, 2011 - 12:47 PM
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Another kids' party takes a turn for the worse when a Moon Bounce launches skyward.

The setting: Hossman Park in Tucson, Ariz. The event: an elementary school's graduation party. The time everything went wrong: around 2 p.m.

In another case of an Arizona children's party taken unexpectedly to the skies, an inflatable bounce house/Moon Bounce/bouncy castle (seriously, AP needs to standardize this now) was picked up by high winds on Friday and flung around like a balloon in a wind tunnel, injuring 6 children. The ABC station in Tucson has this account from a gaping onlooker:

"A dust devil came through and started whipping around and came around and then everybody was trying to hold everything down," said Brandi Edwards, "and then all the sudden it came back around and picked up the one jumping castle and wrapped it around that light pole right there.

Amazingly, this is the third time this year that a bounce house has launched in Arizona. One child was hurled 110 feet into the air and dropped on a nearby roof by a renegade Moon Bounce in February. In April, a flying bouncy castle paused above a roadway to vomit out two children trapped inside, injuring them seriously. Thankfully, in this latest incident the injuries were minor.

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