Bouncy castle ‘explodes’ and flies 25ft into the air, sending young children flying onto tram tracks


Bouncy castle ‘explodes’ and flies 25ft into the air, sending young children flying onto tram tracks and leaving two little girls with life-threatening injuries in Russia

  • Footage shows the moment the bouncy castle ‘explodes’ and flies off the ground
  • Two girls aged three and four were seriously injured during the incident in Russia
  • They were hurled from the castle, over a metal fence and landed on tram tracks 

Two small girls are seriously injured after a bouncy castle suddenly ‘exploded’ and flew to a height of 25ft, throwing them over a metal fence and on to tram tracks.

Footage shows panic in the Russian city of Barnaul as the giant inflatable tore off its moorings and hurled the children aged three and four into the air.

Three other youngsters were thrown off the out-of-control bouncy castle uninjured as it flew up ‘as high as a lamp post’.

Two girls were thrown over a metal fence onto tram tracks and are both in a serious condition. 

One girl identified as Anna, three, suffered concussion and a spinal fracture. Another named Vika, four, sustained a skull fracture and wounds to her lungs and stomach after she was thrown nearly 15ft from the bouncy castle.    

Footage shows panic in the Russian city of Barnaul as the giant inflatable tore off its moorings and hurled the children aged three and four into the air

Two small girls are seriously injured after a bouncy castle suddenly ‘exploded’. Footage shows panic in the Russian city of Barnaul as the giant inflatable tore off its moorings and hurled the children aged three and four into the air

Two girls were thrown over a metal fence onto tram tracks and are both in a serious condition. Vike, four, sustained a skull fracture and wounds to her lungs and stomach

Two girls were thrown over a metal fence onto tram tracks and are both in a serious condition. Vike, four, sustained a skull fracture and wounds to her lungs and stomach

Anna, three, suffered concussion and a spinal fracture, and was taken to hospital in a serious condition

Anna, three, suffered concussion and a spinal fracture, and was taken to hospital in a serious condition 

The girls' parents scrambled over the fence to help their injured children after the bouncy castle they were playing on 'exploded'

The girls’ parents scrambled over the fence to help their injured children after the bouncy castle they were playing on ‘exploded’

Adults rushed to secure the castle and check that no children were trapped inside.

Investigators are probing the cause of the accident close to a shopping mall, and initially stated that it was caused by strong winds.

However, witnesses denied there were winds but claimed there was the ‘sound of an explosion’ or a loud burst.

Adults rushed to secure the castle and check that no children were trapped inside. Three other youngsters were thrown off the out-of-control bouncy castle uninjured

Adults rushed to secure the castle and check that no children were trapped inside. Three other youngsters were thrown off the out-of-control bouncy castle uninjured

One theory was that the bouncy castle had been overinflated and then not properly secured but witnesses also said the castle had no protective underlay, meaning it was rubbing against the tarmac before the sudden 'explosion'

One theory was that the bouncy castle had been overinflated and then not properly secured but witnesses also said the castle had no protective underlay, meaning it was rubbing against the tarmac before the sudden ‘explosion’

One theory was that it had been overinflated and then not properly secured.   

Anastasia Dolmatova said: ‘What wind? I work one bus stop away from this place, but even we heard the bang.’

She called on investigators to ‘accurately check the cause’ of the accident. 

Locals reports stated ‘some of the ropes were not secured… and in violation of safety requirements, the bouncy castle had been tied to the fence.’

The bouncy castle had no protective underlay, and was rubbing against the tarmac, possibly causing the burst, said a witness.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into the incident and contacted the owners of the attraction. 

Local MP Sergey Pisarev said: ‘No special mounts were used, the attraction was pumped, it heated up, and rose into the air.’

He complained there were no proper safety checks on bouncy castles.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into the incident and contacted the owners of the attraction

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into the incident and contacted the owners of the attraction

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