Remember how awesome bounce houses were when you were a kid? I anxiously awaited the birthday parties of all my rich friends because I knew their parents would rent one of these bad boys for the occasion. Think about it, parents can pile all 20 screaming kids in one bounce house and keep them there for hours on end--it's a win-win situation for everyone.
Well, everyone except for two kids in Arizona who were seriously injured by their bounce house yesterday afternoon. According to the Tucson Fire Department, a dust devil--which is a column of air that can reach speeds of 60 mph--lifted the bounce house, with the two children inside. Once airborne, the wind carried the terrified children across three lanes of highway before depositing the house in the median.
Both children sustained serious, but non life threatening injuries, and were rushed to the hospital.
Trish Tracy, of the Tucson Fire Department, explained to the press the importance of deflating bounce houses under extremely windy conditions like yesterday. She also said to always be sure the bounce house is secured to the ground correctly and not in worn condition. With all this crazy weather we've been having lately, I say it's best the folks in Arizona refrain from using their bounce houses until the wind calms down a bit. What do you think?
On a less serious note, I probably would have had a blast in the flying bounce house. You know, minus the crash landing bit.