Wind gust sends bounce house airborne in South Carolina

Five children were injured after two inflatables were lifted by a strong gust of wind at a church in South Carolina Saturday, according to a Facebook post from the church.

The children were taken to a nearby hospital and their condition is now unknown.

"Everybody was just enjoying themselves, [it was a] calm day", said a witness who asked not to be identified told WCMH.

Despite five injuries, two severe, according to the fire department, the situation could have been much worse if the power lines had been live when they went down. Luckily, the bounce house did not catch fire, the fire department said.

Brandon Robinson told CNN he was with his wife and children when the wind picked up around 2 p.m. local time.

A power line was also knocked down during the incident. He said he saw children on the ground that "looked really hurt".

He said he grabbed his phone and started shooting video and "it made a big noise and the power went out when it fell".

Springwell Church issued a statement that the inflatable amusement was part of its annual Spring Carnival.

The incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday at the church's campus on Wade Hampton Boulevard.

  • Larry Hoffman