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Waterspout Causes Terrifying Bounce House Accident: Three Children Injured

Tue, May 26, 2015 11:10am EDT by Add first Comment

It was a terrifying scene during a Memorial Day party at a beach in Fort Lauderdale Florida. A sudden waterspout uprooted and overturned an inflatable bounce house, with children inside — and it was caught on camera! Click to watch the scary incident.

Three young children were playing inside an inflatable bounce house on May 25 when all of a sudden, a waterspout came ashore on a beach in Ft. Lauderdale FL, and lifted the attraction into the air. All three kids were thrown out of the house and onto the beach below. So horrifying.

Waterspout Causes Terrifying Bounce House Accident With Children Inside

Three young children were injured when waterspout toppled a bounce house on a beach in Fort Lauderdale on Memorial Day, according to ABC News. All three were forced from the castle and thrown onto the beach as the bounce house was uprooted from the ground.

The bounce house had been secured to a basketball court when the waterspout snapped a concrete pole holding a basketball hoop, according to the outlet. The inflatable then crashed in a parking lot across a state road, police told the outlet. So scary.

By some miracle, the injured children were alert and conscious when they were taken to a hospital. Thankfully, no pedestrians or vehicles were hit when the bounce houses went flying.

Burt Osteen, was there at the time with his family and they all had to dive to the sand on their stomachs when they saw the waterspout spinning toward them. “It came right over us. We laid on the ground; we were right in front of the bounce house. We watched it pick up the bounce house and snap a basketball hoop,” he told the press.

Footage Shows The Bounce House Lifting Close To 50 Ft. In The Air

In the video, you see the bounce house lift up and roll over multiple times before taking flight some 50 feet in the air across the beach. The footage shows the unattended attraction flying above palm trees, across a parking lot and over four lanes of traffic. We can’t imagine what could have happened to those three kids if they weren’t tossed out prior to it lifting that high.

A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex that occurs over a body of water and looks like a tornado. But unlike tornadoes, waterspouts don’t need thunderstorms to form. We’re just glad these kids weren’t seriously injured in this scary accident.

HollywoodLifers — do you think bounce houses should be far from beaches? Let us know your thoughts below!

— Brittany King