Kids sent for wild ride after bounce houses go airborne

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More than a dozen kids were hurt when strong winds sent several bounce houses airborne. It happened this weekend in New York. Every weekend there are similar set-ups at events in Kentucky and Indiana. WAVE 3 is working for you to find out if those air attractions are safe.

Three rides went rogue in New York Saturday after a wind gust blew the inflatable houses away at a soccer tournament for kids.

At Sunday events around Louisville parents had seen the home video of the amusements floating across the field.

"I was like oh my God, that's their favorite thing. Now you're a little more worried, but still it's fun. If it's not too windy, you figure they're pretty safe," mother Krista Foster said.

Foster watched closely while her twins Hailey and Zachary played inside some similar air attractions that were set-up by Backyard Bounce. Anthony Roussel with the company said the bounce houses and slides are safe as long as they're set-up properly.

"We use about 60 pounds of sandbags to weigh them down and make sure they're on all the corners. Then we have a limit of three at a time to make sure they don't deflate so the kids are safe and don't get hurt," Roussel said.

The problem comes when companies rent the inflatable equipment but don't set them up.

"At a place like this if they're doing it, they know what they're doing, you know it's probably safe," Foster said.

13 kids were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries. Authorities say they don't expect to file any criminal charges.

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