No bounce house regulations in Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida -- It was a horrifying sight for neighbors in South Glens Falls, New York when a small child's bounce house turned into a kite with three children inside of it.

It happened on Monday afternoon when officials there said a gust of wind picked up the bounce house a little girl rolled out of it while two young boys were lifted two stories high and both fell out. They were severely injured.

"If the bounce house starts swaying at all in the wind it needs to have the air taken out of it immediately," said Brent Fisher, co-owner of the Pinnacle Amusements South in St. Petersburg.

"Winds speeds at 20-25 miles per hour on my large, 15-by-15 feet bounce houses mean I either put in the big stakes, more than 24 inches long, or I just take the air out of it until the wind dies down."

Fisher was horrified when he was the little bounce house soaring into the sky and dropped two children out of it from so high up.

"People need to properly secure these whether it is a big commercial size bounce house or just a little one," said Fisher. "And those plastic stakes that are so lightweight are not strong enough especially if there is any wind!"

Inside Edition did a report on how much wind speed it would take to knock over the big bounce houses. They had a wind speed of 70 mph force the house to flip over and cartwheel. But the wind speed in South Glens Falls in Monday was only 13 miles per hour, according to The Weather Channel.

Neighbors said it was staked down correctly on Monday.

Even just jumping inside can move the bounce houses across a room if they are not tightly secured.

10 News called the company Little Tikes who makes the small bounce house. They did not return our calls.

There are no bounce house regulations in Florida. Fisher follows the Pennsylvania State Law on them because he believes it has the strictest regulations out of any other state.

REPORT: Nationwide Children's Hospital report on bounce house injuries


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