Girls Hurt When Bounce House Blows Away
One lands on a nearby roof, suffers concussion
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2011 1:11 PM CST

(Newser) – Everyone loves bouncing in a jumping castle—but in Arizona, things went horribly wrong when a bounce house was carried away by the wind on Saturday. Alissa Baray, 9, and her sister Jessica, 11, were inside the castle at the time, celebrating a birthday party, when a sudden gust of wind occurred. Alissa traveled about 110 feet before being thrown, landing on a nearby roof and suffering serious head injuries, while her sister fell out earlier and suffered only minor injuries, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Alissa suffered a minor concussion, but is now home recuperating, KGUN9 reports. A neighbor saw the sudden, strong wind dragging the bounce house's motor around the neighborhood, and notes that after Alissa fell out, the castle crashed into her house: "It hit the side of my house so hard. It would've killed her." The neighbor tells KGUN9, “I've never seen wind like that before. it came and it was gone in maybe less than two minutes it was over. And there was a child on a roof.”