7-Year-Old Girl Killed in Freak Bounce House Accident
A man and a woman were arrested after a seven-year-old girl died after sustaining serious injuries in a bounce house accident in Essex, England, according to authorities.
The inflatable building - also known as a "bouncy castle" - reportedly blew away with the little girl inside.
Ray Smith, with the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, blamed the tragedy on a "freak gust of wind" that pulled the safety stakes out of the ground.
The tragic incident occurred Saturday at a traveling fair in Harlow Town Park, about 30 miles north of London, during an Easter weekend celebration.
Essex police said the man and woman who run the attraction were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence. They remain in police custody.
Saturday’s tragedy was the second bounce house mishap at Harlow Town Park. Last year, three children required medical attention after a bounce house collapsed at the park.
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