A 7-year-old girl was hospitalized with serious injuries after a gust of wind threw the inflatable bounce house she was in 30 feet into the air at a church carnival in Taylors County, South Carolina. The unfortunate event took place on Saturday, at Springwell Church on Wade Hampton Boulevard at 2 p.m.
Trinity Venegas suffered permanent injuries during a “tragic and avoidable incident” said attorney Ryan Montgomery.
“The family of Trinity Venegas are thankful for all of the kind and thoughtful messages and prayers they have received from family, friends and people in the community,” Montgomery said.
Four other children were inside the inflatable bounce house and also were taken to the hospital.
“At this time, they ask for privacy so they can dedicate their full attention to providing Trinity with the help and support she needs as she heals from the permanent injuries sustained in this tragic and avoidable incident,” said Montgomery.
WLTX19 and Greenville County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Drew Pinciaro reported that security described seeing what that looked like a “mini tornado” tear through the carnival.
Pinciaro states that one of the inflatables was empty and got tangled into nearby power lines before blowing out into the roadway, while another flew about 30 feet into the air, causing several children to fall out.
According to the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, inflatables don’t require inspections and aren’t regulated by the South Carolina Office of Elevators and Amusement Rides.
The Greenville News references a recent USA TODAY investigation that found that injuries related to large inflatables like moon bounces and slides are on the rise, with more than 100,000 bounce-house injuries treated in emergency rooms from 2003 to 2013.
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