Bounce House Blows Away, Injures 2 Small Children

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NASHUA, N.H. — A two-year-old boy is in critical condition after an inflatable bounce house he was playing inside went airborne. Another boy, a three-year-old, was also injured as the house came crashing back down Sunday at Sullivan Farms in Nashua, New Hampshire.

The farm’s co-owner, Gary Bergeron says he just bought the house. “It’s so unfortunate; it wasn’t meant to be used. I just hope that the kids are okay,” Bergeron said.

Bergeron said the bounce house was to be used for an upcoming fundraising event and he set hay bales in front of the structure to show that it was not in use. “I come in this morning and it was still all wet, so I moved its location to a flatter spot and I turned it on to dry it out,” he said. Bergeron says the house was not tethered down properly.

The toddlers got inside and were playing when a gust of wind picked up the structure and carried it off. Witnesses say the house cleared a 10-foot-fence and went high into the air before coming down hard more than 50 feet away — as parents ran to rescue the boys trapped inside.

Nashua Police and Fire and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the incident.

“Upon arrival we did find that two children that were inside, both were male, approximately two and three-years-old,” Nashua Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien said. “One was very seriously injured — we did provide patient care — and the other one was ambulatory upon arrival.”

The two-year-old, in critical condition, was air-lifted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The three-year-old was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua.

“Any fall from a height is very concerning to us,” O’Brien said. “Any type of humans; these type of children did have a significant fall.”

The three-year-old is expected to be okay while the two-year-old remains critical. “I just hope that he’s okay,” Bergeron said.