5 children dead, 4 hurt after wind lifts bounce house into air

Two rescue helicopters and multiple ambulances responded after a gust of wind lifted the children up and caused them to fall 32 feet


By Leila Merrill

DEVONPORT, Australia — Five children have died and four were critically injured after they fell 32 feet from a bouncy castle that had been raised up in the air by wind at a school event, CNN reported.

A gust of wind struck at about 10 a.m. Thursday as the children were celebrating their last day of school at Hillcrest Primary School near Devonport, the Daily Mail reported.  

"Nine grade 5/6 Hillcrest Primary School students fell from a height of around 10 meters after a significant local wind event caused a jumping castle and several inflatable 'zorb' balls to lift into the air," Tasmanian Police said in a statement.

Two rescue helicopters and multiple ambulances responded, treated and transported patients.

Parents have been seen sitting with their heads in their hands crying.

Tributes have been pouring in online.

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