Oct 12, 2014 5:39 PM
2 toddlers hurt after "bouncy house" accident in Nashua
NASHUA - Two young boys were injured Sunday when the bouncy house they were playing in became airborne and traveled high into the air, officials say.
"It appears at this time that the two-year-old is critically injured and has been transported by LifeFlight to Tufts Hospital in Boston," Deputy Chief Michael O'Brien said. "The other occupant, the three-year-old, has been transported to a local hospital - St. Joseph's in Nashua."
O'Brien said he wasn't sure yet on exactly how high the bouncy house traveled, but said it was high enough to clear a 10-foot fence next to where it had landed.
The bouncy house travelled about 50 feet from where it took off to where it landed, officials said.
The toddlers had entered the bouncy house at Sullivan Farm on Coburn Avenue when it was not yet open to the public, witnesses said.
The owner of the bouncy house, Gary Bergeron, said it was inflated to dry out water from Saturday's rain - and that it was not properly secured.
"It only had three tethers on the bottom, and it didn't have any spikes," Bergeron told NH1 News. "I had it set-up in a restricted area that wasn't open," he said.
Bergeron doesn't own the farm and said he had brought the bouncy house as entertainment for a charity event next weekend.
Sunday's event comes about three months after a similar incident in Littleton, CO.