DEVONPORT, TASMANIA – A horrifying tragedy killed five children in Australia after wind lifted a bouncy castle 33 feet in the air during a school celebration.

Fox News confirmed that at least five children died, and another four are currently in critical condition from the incident, which occurred at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania.

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“On a day where these children were meant to be celebrating their last day at primary school, instead we are all mourning their loss,” Commissioner Darren Hine said in a statement, adding that the dead included “two boys and two girls in year six, which would make them 10 or 11 years old.”

He went on to say that the fifth child passed away at the hospital.

“Our hearts are breaking for those affected by the Hillcrest Primary School incident today. Taken too soon,” Tasmania Police wrote on social media, with Hillcrest Primary School announcing that it will be closing for at least the rest of the day today.

“We ask that parents come to collect their children as a matter of urgency,” Hillcrest added.

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Tasmania Police have confirmed that this incident is being investigated, with the government safety organization WorkSafe Tasmania helping out with it.

While this incident occurred across the world in Australia, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the United States has said that inflatable bounce houses are “not without risk.” Between 2003 and 2013, twelve deaths related to them were reported to the government agency, which estimated that there are around 18,000 injuries linked to bounce houses that are treated at hospitals.

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The CPSC also warned that people should avoid bounce houses if it is windy outside, with the maximum wind speed to use them being no more than 15 to 25 mph. According to internet search engines, however, the wind in Devonport today was nine to 14 mph. It has not yet been revealed in the press if the bounce house in question had been staked to the ground.

A GoFundMe page titled Support for Families – Hillcrest Primary School has already been set up for the families of the children involved in this tragedy. At the time of this writing, the GoFundMe has raised over $276,000.


“All funds will go to the families of the children who were tragically killed and injured too not only support them but provide them with much needed gifts in this time of such sadness,” the GoFundMe page stated.

Please join us in saying a prayer for the injured children, and for the families mourning those who were lost in this senseless tragedy.

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