Child Dies in Bounce House Tragedy in Spain

8 other children were injured
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2022 2:30 PM CST
Girl Dies After Wind Sends Bouncy Castle Airborne in Spain
Stock image of an inflatable castle.   (Getty Images)

Another bounce house tragedy, this one in Spain, ended up claiming the life of a young girl. ABC News reports that on Tuesday night a gust of wind sent a bouncy castle that had been set up at a fairground in Mislata, near Valencia, airborne and then flipped it over. The Guardian reports the structure was lifted "meters" into the air, and the AP describes "strong winds." A witness describes the scene: "All of a sudden I saw it rise into the air. I saw the kids that were in the air, I think they fell onto another inflatable structure. There was a young girl on the floor, unconscious."

Eight children were injured, one of them seriously. That 4-year-old remains hospitalized. A ninth child, an 8-year-old girl, died about 12 hours after being taken to the hospital. Firefighters shared photos of the deflated castle here. The Guardian adds that just two months ago, a couple in Spain were sent to prison for a year over the inflatable structure they erected at their restaurant in 2017; it wasn't properly anchored to the ground and was lifted by a gust of wind, leading to the death of a six-year-old. (Just weeks ago, a similar accident in Australia left six children dead.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.