BOUNCE HOUSE GOES AIRBORNE?

TWO CHILDREN TRAPPED INSIDE DURING TUMBLE
DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Thanks, Rebecca. It has happened again. One of those
bounce houses so popular with kids going airborne.
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GRAPHICS: BOUNCE HOUSE GOES AIRBORNE
GRAPHICS: TWO CHILDREN TRAPPED INSIDE DURING TUMBLE
DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) We’ve got some pictures out of Denver here. There are two
children inside of that thing, trapped and terrified. And ABC’s Michelle Franzen is here with the very
latest. Michelle, good morning to you.
MICHELLE FRANZEN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Well, good morning, Dan. It’s usually the hit of the
party, right, the bounce house kids can’t wait to climb into. According to Nationwide Children’s
Hospital, though, the number of injuries the past 20 years from inflatable bouncers has skyrocketed,
turning a day of fun into a frightful moment.
MICHELLE FRANZEN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Another terrifying scene Saturday involving a bounce
house, as this inflatable slide went tumbling across a field at a Littleton, Colorado park.
BYSTANDER (FEMALE) (Inaudible).
MICHELLE FRANZEN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) The slide was tossed about for 300 feet until it finally
came to rest. Officials say two 10-year-old children were trapped inside, as it tumbled across the field.
VANNESSA ATENCIO (WITNESS) We saw the wind kicking up and all of a sudden, the wind took the
jumpy slide with it and we were just horrified.
MICHELLE FRANZEN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) The alarming incident, a grave reminder of the dangers
posed by the inflatable attractions, popular at carnivals and children’s parties. Just last month in
upstate New York, a bounce house went airborne and seriously injured two children. In 2011, this
bounce house in Arizona went airborne, twisting and tumbling, ultimately, violently crashing into a
pole. Just months earlier, horrified onlookers watched this inflatable slide tumbling across a Long
Island soccer field?€?
BYSTANDER (FEMALE) Oh, my God.
MICHELLE FRANZEN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) ?€?sending 13 people to the hospital.
BYSTANDER (FEMALE) Oh, my God.
MICHELLE FRANZEN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) In this latest case, a firefighter said both children were
taken to a local hospital but their conditions are not known. Meanwhile, officials say it is important to
follow all setup and safety precautions when using a bounce house.
BIANNA GOLODRYGA (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) We wish those children and their families a speedy
recovery. Michelle, thank you. I mean, this just convinces me that if Jake’s gonna play in a bounce
house, it’s gonna be indoors.
DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Yes.
BIANNA GOLODRYGA (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) No way.

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