Bounce house flies in air and injures three children

Posted May 27, 2015 by Jonathan Lam
Three children playing inside a bounce house were injured when a waterspout came onshore and lifted it in the air in Fort Lauderdale.
File photo of waterspout off the Florida Keys photographed from an aircraft coming from NOAA  1969.
File photo of waterspout off the Florida Keys photographed from an aircraft coming from NOAA, 1969.
Dr. Joseph Golden, NOAA
You might have seen waterspouts in movies or television shows where in the middle of the ocean there is a giant tornado of water traveling around. Generally though waterspouts are weak rotating columns of of air over water.
Keven Dupree, Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman, claims that the waterspout came ashore Monday afternoon and sent a bounce house flying into the air. Inside the bounce house were three children all who fell onto the sand. The three children were conscious when they were taken to the hospital.
The National Weather Service in Miami reported one adult was also injured in this incident.
Just last year in Litteton Colorado a bouncy slide was blown 200 to 300 feet into the air tossing two children around inside it. The children were reported okay with no serious injuries.
The chief executive officer of Amberg Entertainment, Ted Amberg, states that the key safety for regulating bounce houses would be to follow the 3 W's. The first W stands for weather, bounce houses and wind do not go hand in hand and most manufacturers recommend removing children from bounce houses when winds are 20 to 25 miles per hours or higher. The second W stands for workers, make sure there are workers on the scene at all times watching over the bounce house. The workers should know how to anchor the bounce house properly to the ground before letting anyone inside. The last W stands for warranty, Amber encourages parents to ask the operator to see the company's current insurance policy and state inspections.