Freak ‘tornado’ sends two jumping castles flying, injures 3yo

A three-year-old girl was among four injured when a freak “tornado” sent two jumping castles flying in a park in the UK.

Dramatic footage has captured the moment a sudden gust of wind ripped through Ashes Playing Fields in Howden, Yorkshire, during a Father’s Day picnic on Sunday.

Toilets were blown over and branches fell from trees as the wind lifted a jumping castle and inflatable slide 30ft into the air.

Footage shows the moment two bouncy castles were sent flying in a freak ‘tornado’ in Yorkshire. Picture: Magnus NewsSource:Supplied

Children could be heard screaming in the video as panicked families were forced to flee the scene alongside hundreds of attendees.

Ambulance Service said four people had been taken to hospital including the three-year-old, whose injuries are not believed to be serious.

A sudden gust of wind ripped through the field. Picture: Magnus News AgencySource:Supplied

Two other patients were taken to Hull Royal Infirmary, but the ambulance service was unable to say what their injuries were.

A fourth person was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Thankfully, it appears no kids were on the bouncy castle when the gust of wind hit.

A three-year-old girl was among four injured. Picture: Magnus News AgencySource:Supplied

Parents have described the chaos, with one saying they had “never seen wind like it before in England”.

One mum said: “My son was about to go on the bouncy castle but I said no because the rain had started. Twenty seconds later the bouncy castle was thrown into the trees.

“Feeling a bit stunned but thankful for a split decision to walk away. Hope everyone is OK. Pretty scary.”

A man described how one child did not want to get off the castle seconds before the strong winds hit.

Parents have described the scene as total chaos. Picture: Magnus News AgencySource:Supplied

“One child didn’t want to get off, he was sat on the bouncy castle on the edge, I think he got thrown off and onto the grass.

“The bouncy castle was literally blown over the trees and into an allotment.

“The wind was picking up tents and gazebos and as I was watched it just all piled up the corner by the bouncy castle and slide.

“I saw branches falling and hitting people, it was just devastation.”


Another onlooker said: “Both bouncy castles were taken away like plastic bags.”

One witness added: “The bouncy castle headed straight for us. Thankfully stopped by the tree. The toilet block landed two feet away. We feel very lucky.”

It comes three years after seven-year-old Summer Grant was killed when a bouncy castle blew away following a gust of wind at a funfair in Harlow, Essex.

Summer had been with her dad Lee Grant at the funfair when the tragedy unfolded in March 2016.

Fairground workers William and Shelby Thurston were jailed after being found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence over the death.

Four were injured when the jumping castles took off. Picture: Magnus News AgencySource:Supplied

They had failed to secure the bouncy castle properly, allowing the wind to lift the inflatable and send it “cartwheeling” 300 metres down a hill.

The Ashes Playing Field Trust, which runs the annual community event, has praised the public and emergency services.

In a statement, a spokesman for the trust said: “We would like to thank the emergency services and everyone who helped after the unexpected freak weather hit the Picnic In The Park event on Sunday.

“With emergency services on site throughout the event they were able to react quickly after the sudden tornado-like weather which damaged attractions and trees, blowing over a bouncy castle and an inflatable slide which thankfully had been quickly evacuated as soon as the heavy rain started so no one was on either.

“The members of the public who were present were also incredibly helpful and patient in helping us identify anyone who needed medical help and direct assistance their way.

“Their willingness to help shows the community spirit of this town at its best.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission

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