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Windy weather shuts down debut of world's largest bounce house in North Las Vegas

Posted at 11:17 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-28 02:17:59-04

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The world’s largest bounce house has made its way to Southern Nevada, but weekend weather is causing some issues for organizers.

High winds are shutting down the Saturday debut of Big Bounce America at Craig Ranch Park in North Las Vegas.

"Its a huge factor,” said tour manager Danielle Hodge.

Five years ago in Sparks, Nevada three people were hurt when an inflatable slide was blown 300 feet into the air right after safety checks. And in June of the same year two Colorado children were caught inside a bounce house that went airborne.

After spending all day setting up and washing down 11,000 square feet of inflatable fun; organizers made the decision to cancel Saturday’s event. They shared the news in a post on Facebook, ruining weekend plans for people like Markisha Rogers and her son.

"It’s a little unfortunate,” she said. “But hopefully the winds will calm down and you know everyone will get to participate and have some fun."

The inflatables are tethered deep in the ground with huge spikes, but Hodge said they typically make that call anytime winds are stronger than 15 miles per hour.

"When it hits about 16 or 17,” said Hodge. “That’s when we are kind of looking at it and taking a lot more precaution and making sure that everybody is safe."

13 First Alert Weather predicts sustained winds in North Las Vegas Saturday between 20 and 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 45.

“I mean safety is first, of course,” said Rogers.