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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Chico: Bounce House Goes Airborne With Child Inside. [OT]

Flying in a bounce house: Boy goes shooting over multiple houses after wind picks up Saturday evening

 CHICO — An 11-year-old boy inside a bounce house was swept off the ground and flown at least 150 feet into the roof of a home after a storm hit Saturday.

August Hutsell was inside the inflatable house while attending a party at about 6 p.m. on the 100 block of Delaney Drive.
As the storm came in, the forceful wind uprooted the bounce house, which was being held down by stakes, said August's father, Denny Hutsell.
Denny Hutsell was inside the garage setting up to perform when he saw people scrambling, he said. Everyone was running and panicking like there was a tornado.
When he joined everyone outside, Denny was unaware that the boy who was inside the semi-air-borne bounce house was his son, he said.
"I thought it was someone else's kid," he said.
The father and son had been invited to a large gathering of a Filipino family, he said. When the first person went up to the roof to check on the boy he said, "It's a white kid. And I thought, 'oh my God, it's my son.'"
The bounce house had to be cut with a kitchen knife to get August out, Denny Hutsell said.
August was with another child in the bounce house, but the other kid fell out before the bounce house flew away, Denny Hutsell said. The smaller children were all inside at that time.
The bounce house "took him for a ride," Denny Hutsell said. "It was rolling around with my son in it."
Denny thinks the bounce housed ended up somewhere between 150 to 175 feet from where it was, he said. It hit one house, then another, before coming to rest on the fourth house.
August said it was the wildest ride of his life as he was freed from the mangled house, Denny Hutsell said.
August suffered a sprained left ankle, but is otherwise OK.

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