3 taken to hospital after bounce house at Orlando church picked up by wind

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando church’s family day was marred by a blast of wind Sunday that lifted a bounce house off the ground with several children inside, officials said.

The incident was reported at about 2:40 p.m. at Iglesia Fuente de Agua Viva when the wind hit, injuring four children and an adult trying to hold down the bounce house, church members said.

Two of the children and the adult were injured severely enough to require a trip to the hospital, pastor Elizabeth Vazquez said through translator, and church member, Laura Rodriguez.

“We were celebrating a family day and everything was going well,” Vazquez said. “The weather was good, pleasant, and all of a sudden a strong wind came and it lifted up the bounce house.”

About 100 people attended the event at the church off South John Young Parkway.

Vazquez didn’t want to place blame on the incident, but said she was going to discuss the incident with the rental company Monday.

Church members assumed the bounce house was secured properly and had no reason to think it wasn’t, Rodriguez said.

“We really wouldn’t know that, because we’re not technicians and we wouldn’t know how to install these,” she said.