Friday, April 22, 2011
Four young children playing on a large inflatable bounce house at a Passover celebration Thursday were injured when strong winds lifted the plastic ride up into the air and caused the kids to land on the hard pavement, authorities said.
The girls — ages 2, 4, 5 and 6 — were taken to Westchester Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening after the bounce house flipped over at 12:24 p.m. in a Washington Avenue parking lot.
The 2-year-old girl suffered a head injury and was knocked unconscious for a period of time, authorities said. The three other girls suffered bruises.
Inflatable bounce houses, slides and other rides were part of a Passover celebration in the Hasidic Jewish village in Ramapo.
The inflatable was set up in the parking lot outside Yeshiva Avir Yaakov and the village's Head Start building on Washington Avenue, near the entrance to the village on Route 45.
"Our preliminary investigation found the wind lifted up and toppled over one of the bouncers," Ramapo Police Chief Peter Brower said, standing in the parking lot as workers rolled up the rides.
"We don't believe there was any negligence involved," Brower said, adding he doesn't know how many children were playing or how many adults were supervising.
As part of the Passover celebration, residents hired a Brooklyn company called Ecirkdo to provide the inflatables for the children, police said. No telephone listing for the company could be found.
The event's host charged $6 for children ages 2 to 3 and $8 for children up to 6 years, accohttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifrding to a flier taped to a table at the entrance of the parking lot.
New Square Deputy Mayor Israel Spitzer said later Thursday that it's a yearly holiday event. The celebration comes in the middle three days of the seven-day holiday.
Spitzer said the village government, the school and Head Start were not involved. He said the parking lot was chosen because of its open space.
"Some people in the community arranged to bring in the rides for the kids," Spitzer said. "It's routine every holiday. They try to give the kids a good time."
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