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Blown-away bounce house becomes tangled in power lines

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A bounce house being used in a backyard party on Norman Street in the Town of Niagara was blown off its moorings Saturday and became tangled in high-voltage power lines, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said.

The call was received at 4:22 p.m., and the Niagara Active Fire Company reported that a National Grid crew was summoned to remove the bounce house from the wires. However, a witness who identified himself only as Lou told The Buffalo News that the crew left the bounce house resting atop wires connected to a large tripod pole in a field about 200 feet from the nearest house. Lou said the bounce house flew high into the air and landed on the wires, about 40 feet off the ground. He said a firefighter told him those were 320,000-volt power lines.

There were no children in the inflatable playhouse at the time, and no injuries were reported. No power outage resulted from the incident, a fire company spokesman said.