Little girl killed after bouncy castle blown off the ground by strong winds

"Unlicensed and did not meet health and safety standards," was how Chinese authorities described the inflatable bouncy castle that blew away Thursday, taking with it the life of a 3-year-old girl.

    2015/06/09

NSFW    GUANGXI, CHINA — A shocking accident caught on camera shows an inflatable bouncy castle in China's Guangxi province come loose in a gust of wind and fly into the air, taking with it a 3-year-old girl who was playing inside.

She did not survive.

The video shows a woman, reportedly the child's grandmother, frantically attempt to hold down the massive inflatable castle, but the strong winds were no match for a single person, and within five seconds the castle had lifted off the ground and flown high into the air. The unidentified 3-year-old girl was thrown to the ground and suffered severe injuries. She died a short time later.

Chinese news outlet CCTV quoted a health and safety official as saying the inflatable castle, which was set up in front of a supermarket, was unlicensed and did not meet safety standards. The castle was allegedly fixed to the ground with just a few wires and stones.

Chinese police say they are investigating the accident.
Inflatable castles such as this one can be a lot of fun. But not following proper procedures for setting it up can lead to disaster. VIA BIG TOP PARTY RENTALS
Inflatable castles such as this one can be a lot of fun. But not following proper procedures for setting it up can lead to disaster. VIA BIG TOP PARTY RENTALS
It's heartbreaking to imagine what was going through the mind of the kid's relative. VIA CCTV NEWS
It's heartbreaking to imagine what was going through the mind of the kid's relative. VIA CCTV NEWS
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