Players, coaches, and spectators gathered in Littleton, Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Jamboree when a terrifying sight took over everyone’s attention — an inflatable slide was torn from the ground and blown right through the playing field, traveling between 200 and 300 feet.
Two children were using the slide during Saturday afternoon’s incident, reported KUSA-TV in Denver.
“All of a sudden, it picks up and there’s a girl going down the slide,” Vannessa Atencio told KUSA. “She flies about eight feet in the air. The slide tumbles across the field.”
Aleah Horstman captured images of the slide blowing through the field and heading toward a pond.
While the girl was thrown from the slide right away, KUSA reported that a boy was trapped on the slide as it was tumbling.
West Metro Fire Protection District said the slide came to a stop before going into the water. The boy was taken by ambulance for medical attention, but West Metro didn’t report any serious injuries, KUSA noted.
“They said that he just looked really beat up and shook up,” Horstman told the station, which added the girl was treated and released at the scene.
A representative from Airbound, the company that operated the slide, had no comment except that the slide was staked into the ground and safety precautions were taken. KUSA noted that weather stations recorded wind gusts of close to 30 miles per hour at the time of the incident.
Inflatable rides and bounce houses have fallen victim to gusts of wind before: Just a few weeks ago a bounce house was blown 50 feet into the air in Glens Falls, New York; a similar incident happened on Long Island, New York in 2011.
“It was pretty horrific and scary and you just freeze in the moment,” Atencio told KUSA. “I hope the family and everyone’s okay and we’re praying for a good recovery.”