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Boy injured when wind gust sends bouncy slide rolling

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By Ramsey Scott

A 10-year-old boy was injured Saturday afternoon when a gust of wind sent an inflatable bouncy slide careening down a slope at Easton Park.

The slide rolled about 200 yards with the boy still in it, said Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. The boy’s injuries were described as minor, and he was transported to a nearby clinic.

A girl about the same age also was in the slide when it started to roll but got out quickly. She suffered minor injuries as well, Techmeyer said. 

A report by the Sheriff’s Office said the slide, which was set up during a youth lacrosse tournament, had been staked down. But the strong wind gust tore the stakes out of the ground and sent the slide rolling, Techmeyer said. 

A witness shot a video of the incident that was posted online; it showed parents yelling and racing after the slide.

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine.