2 children hurt after wind carried 'bounce castle' more than 200 yards in Littleton

LITTLETON, Colo. - Two children were hurt when a gust of wind lifted a "bounce castle" off the ground at Easton Park in Littleton Saturday.

The bounce castle tumbled and rolled across an open field where lacrosse games were being played and down an embankment, according to a report from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Investigators estimate the bounce castle traveled 230 yards (700 feet) before a worker was able to puncture it with a knife.

Kristin Ruder said her 11-year-old son AJ was on the bounce castle slide with his friend, 12-year-old Madison, when the wind picked it up about 15-20 feet into the air.

AJ told 7NEWS he was at the top of the slide and his friend was towards the bottom when they lifted off the ground. He said he was thrown back inside and "taken for a ride."

Madison was treated at the scene and released. AJ was transported to an area hospital. 

Ruder said AJ has bumps and bruises but is doing well overall.

The young boy was in the bounce castle the entire time, according to another set of parents.

The bounce castle was set up by a Fort Collins company called Air Bound.

The on-site supervisor, Brady Stage, said employees set up the bounce castle and other attractions at about 9 a.m.  Air Bound was charging people to use the attractions.

The bounce castle that blew away was held in place by a stake in each corner and another stake in the middle, according to Stage. The stakes were about a foot long and an inch in diameter, according to the sheriff's office.

Two stakes remained in the ground, while the other three were found elsewhere, investigators said.

Employee Andrew Hitzler said he chased the bounce house across the field and down the embankment before he was able to grab hold of it. Hitzler told investigators he took out a knife and cut a hole in the bounce castle to deflate it.


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