YOUNG children were taken away on stretchers after a bounce house collapsed during an elementary school celebration, reportedly injuring 18 kids.
The inflatable slide, which was set up as part of a field day event, reportedly toppled over around 9.30am.
The incident unfolded as students from Lafrancis Hardiman Elementary School in the Wyandanch School District were playing in Wyandanch Park.
1010WINS reports that 18 children were injured, with seven needing to be transported to the hospital.
The remaining children were treated at the scene, according to Suffolk Deputy Fire Coordinator Paul Miller.
There were 14 children on the slide when it toppled over, cops said.
Cops told the outlet that a broken leg was among the more serious injuries.
None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.
The victims were mostly six and seven years old, according to officials.
Parents and teachers who witnessed the incident said it was “horrible.”
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“The left side of the bounce house lifted up,” a witness told 1010WINS.
“And when it lifted up, you saw him go over first. You saw the other little girl holding on for dear life. It was horrible. And then other kids followed.”
Parents were left questioning whether safety protocols were being followed, but Jacob Khoury, manager of Jump Around Party Rentals, claims everything had been done correctly.
“The bounce house was secured properly,” Khoury told ABC7.
“I was here to install it this morning myself.”
Khoury noted to the outlet that the school district did not opt to hire an attendant to monitor the children as they climbed on the bounce house.
“A lot of the schools, they hire an attendant,” he told the outlet.
“This one didn’t. They didn’t pay for someone to be here.”
The school district has launched an investigation into the incident, with Superintendent Dr. Gina Talbert releasing a statement.
“We recognize this is a very scary event witnessed by our young scholars, staff, and families, and we are deeply concerned about how this could have happened,” Talbert said.
“The district has immediately initiated a thorough investigation, including working with the company who provided the inflatables, into the cause of this situation.
“We will provide more information as available. At this time, our priority is the health and well-being of the students who may have been injured and those students who attended the event.”
Wyandanch is a town located in Suffolk County on Long Island.