A witness captured a disturbing video showing a bounce house plucked from its mooring by a waterspout at Fort Lauderdale Beach on Monday with three kids inside. This sent the house with the kids still inside on a violent airborne journey, which ended when it came crashing down in the middle of a street.
The three children inside this airborne bounce house were injured and one was thought to be seriously hurt from preliminary reports yesterday, but “Fox and Friends” live on Tuesday morning, May 26, reports that two are out of the hospital and the third child is expected to be released today. Two of the children who came home yesterday had arm injuries and the third child’s injuries needed further evaluation, but she is expected home today.
The Sun Sentinel reports today, May 26 that the two kids were treated and released yesterday and that third child was held overnight for observation. One little girl who was inside that airborne bounce house spoke with Fox News live this morning and she told the audience just how frightening this ordeal was.
5-year-old Shadaja Bryant spoke with news cameras saying she thought “I was about to die.” She fractured her arm and her step-brother broke his arm, according to WSVN Fort Lauderdale News. Shadaja’s stepbrother, 11-year-old AJ Dent, and 6-year-old Shamoya Ferguson, were the other two children inside the house. “I was scared,” said Shadaja.
The parents at this event estimated that the children were ejected from the bounce house when it was about 20-feet off the ground. With the bounce house reaching over 50-feet in height during its airborne journey, the kids were lucky they weren’t up higher when tossed out.
The video that was taken by a beach-goer on their cell phone and the video, which is seen above, showed just how high in the air this waterspout lifted this commercial size bounce house. It carried this inflatable object above the tree line, which is a row of palm trees standing 50-feet high along route A1A.
In the video you cans see the waterspout suddenly develop in the water and move on shore, picking up everything in its path. Weather forecaster Chuck Caracozza told the Sun Sentinel that the waterspout was about 10-yards wide and its wind speeds were about 65 to 85 mph.
Once it hit land, it is technically a tornado, but waterspouts usually dissipate once over land. This waterspout covered an area of 100 yards as it made its ways inland.
This was a powerful wind event, with the destruction left in its wake offering up evidence to its strength. It downed a basketball basket with its concrete stanchion “snapped in half.” As it went further inland it uprooted to light posts from their bases with tree branches littering the area it traveled. There was a community family event going on at Fort Lauderdale Beach and the bounce house was brought in for the occasion.