Bounce House Collapses on Kids, Injuring 2, But What Caused it is Horrifying, Unexpected

May 26, 2017May 26, 2017

Incidents of bounce houses getting pick up by strong gusts of wind, leaving kids on the inside and people on the outside injured in their wake have become well-known in the age of social media. Lesser-known incidents usually involve children simply running into each other.

But according to Inside Edition, almost 65,000 kids were treated for injuries involving bounce houses between 1990 and 2010 in the U.S. That kind of makes the old splinter-infested playgrounds from our childhoods with their boiling-hot slides, rotting wood, and heavy metal seesaws seem really, really safe.

In a particular case recently in Port St. Lucie, Fla., though, it wasn’t an act of nature or the sheer physics of bodies leaping in an enclosed space that led to a disastrous bounce house incident.

Adults at a 1-year-old’s backyard birthday party found themselves rushing to free their kids from a collapsing bounce house after it suddenly deflated. Two children had to be taken to the hospital after getting trapped under the heavy plastic material.

Later on, though, a neighbor posted security footage of an older man walking behind the backyard fence and appearing to pull the power cord for the bounce house right before it collapsed.

Police say the suspect is another neighbor who may have gotten fed up with the noise from the birthday party and decided to put an end to it. They’re hoping he was intending to pull the power on the party’s DJ system and simply yanked the wrong cord instead.


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