Australia: Four kids die as wind lifts bouncy castle

Australia: Four kids die as wind lifts bouncy castle

Canberra, Dec 16 (UNI) At least four children were killed and five injured in Australia on Thursday after they fell from 32 feet from a bouncy castle which got blown away into air by powerful winds, police said.

The tragedy occurred when the jumping castle, put up at a primary school in Devonport in Tasmania, suddenly rose into the air due to the winds.

When the castle was 32 feet in the air, two boys and two girls fell to the ground and died. Five other children suffered injuries after they too tumbled down.

The age and other details of the children have not been disclosed by the authorities but they said they were in grades five or six, BBC reports.

"A wind gust had reportedly caused the jumping castle and inflatable balls to lift into the air," Tasmanian Police Commissioner Darren Hine said.

"Our hearts are breaking for the families and the loved ones, schoolmates, teachers of these young people," Hine added.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison termed it as "unthinkably heartbreaking".

"Young children on a fun day out... and it turns to such horrific tragedy. At this time of the year, it just breaks your heart," he added.


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