Six people, including two young children, have been hurt after an inflatable slide was sent flying through the air at a car boot sale in Harrogate.
The emergency services were called to the scene in the grounds of Ripley Cricket Club yesterday morning after the slide suddenly took off and travelled over 100ft before coming to a rest.
Witnesses heard screaming and watched in horror as people including an elderly woman and two young children were struck by the inflatable.
The emergency services have now confirmed that five people, including two children under five, were treated at Harrogate Hospital for minor injuries while a sixth, suffering from chest pains, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.
The slide reportedly travelled over a number of stalls and an AA van, with pictures from the scene showing it had come to rest on vehicles.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said yesterday: “It is not believed that anyone was critically injured in the incident.”
Witness Katie Lister, 41, said: “We heard screaming and then the bouncy castle just blew into the air.”
She said the inflatable had landed on a crowd of people, including children, parents and grandparents.
“People said there were a couple of broken limbs, “ she added.
A police spokesman said: “North Yorkshire Police were alerted by the ambulance service at around 11.10am after reports that an inflatable slide had blown away on main Street in Ripley.
“Officers have seized the slide and investigations are continuing at the scene.
“The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and are also attending the scene of the incident.”
Another witness, Chris Norton, said on Twitter: “Just seen a bouncy castle take off at Ripley car boot and three ambulances pass.”
Another woman reported seeing children and the elderly injured during the incident.
Yesterday afternoon the slide, now deflated, could be seen cordoned off from the public.
A spokeswoman for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said last night: “We got a call at 10.05am this morning to reports of a bouncy castle that had blown off.
“We sent five ambulances and one rapid response vehicle and we conveyed five patients, four of which went to Harrogate District Hospital and one of which went to Leeds General Infirmary.”
In a statement, nearby Ripley Castle said: “Our sympathy to all those affected by the bouncy castle incident at the Ripley Cricket Club car boot sale on the cricket ground this morning: hope those injured make a swift recovery.”