A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, but the youngsters were ejected before it flew above palm trees across four lanes of traffic into a parking lot, police said.
All three children were tossed to the sand while another unoccupied bounce house nearby also took flight westward over the state road and landed in the same lot, authorities added.
The children were injured, but alert and conscious when they were taken to a hospital, Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Keven Dupree said.
On Monday evening, police issued a statement that two of the children were treated for minor fractures and released while a third was in stable condition and being held overnight for observation at Broward Health Medical Center. Their identities weren't released.
Brandon Burchett posted a video (Warning: contains explicit language) of the weather event on his Facebook page. In the video, beach-goers are heard screaming “tornado.” The bounce house is seen flipping several times and then flying in the air.
It was not immediately known if the injured children were in the bounce house.
The Palm Beach Post and The Associated Press contributed to this report.