SOUTH GLENS FALLS, New York -- Two young boys were hospitalized Monday with serious injuries after falling 15 to 20 feet from an inflatable "bounce house" that was lifted into the air by a strong gust of wind.
The boys, ages 5 and 6, were taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital, one of them suffering from a traumatic head injury, South Glens Falls Police officer David Gifford said.
A 10-year-old sustained scrapes and bruises after falling from a much lower height.
Police declined to release the children's identities and an update on their conditions isn't known.
The inflatable house was not the commercial type rented for parties but a lightweight 8-foot-by-8-foot Little Tikes brand toy.
After the boys fell, it eventually went about 100 feet into the air, witnesses told police. "Luckily, they were tossed before it reached that height," Gifford said. "It was found hundreds of yards away. It came very close to power lines."
One of the boys fell onto a parked car and the other landed on asphalt, police said. The one who landed on asphalt was conscious and talking at the scene, police said. The bounce house was recovered at a school playground.
The structure had been staked to the ground, Gifford said. Police said the incident is considered a tragic accident and no charges are pending.