- Five students were injured when a strong gust of wind caused a bounce house to take flight at Zillah High School in Washington state on Wednesday.
- One of the students was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition, local outlets reported. The four others were taken to another hospital for less-serious injuries.
- Fire Chief Paul Stonemetz said it was unclear if the bounce house was anchored to the ground.
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Five students were hospitalized on Wednesday, after a strong gust of wind caused a bounce house to take flight and flip over at a high school in eastern Washington state.
The Yakima Herald reported that the inflatable travelled 240 feet, and launched about 10 to 20 feet in the air.
The city’s fire chief, Paul Stonemetz, told the paper that it was unclear whether the bounce house was anchored to the ground at the time.
One student told the YakTriNews that the injured were strapped to the inflatable for a game. Mayor Scott Carmack told the outlet that teachers performed CPR on one of the students before paramedics arrived at the scene.
One student was airlifted to Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima in critical condition, according to the Yakima Herald, while the other four were taken to another hospital for less-serious injuries, including a possible concussion.
None of the injured students have been named.
The school released a statement: “At approximately 2:30 PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, an accident occurred at Zillah High School during an Associated Student Body event. Five students were injured; the extent of their injuries are unknown at this time. Our hearts go out to the students, parents, and staff of those involved. Administration is currently looking into this matter.”
KIRO 7 reported that the owner of the bounce house is Petreas Bounce Houses.
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