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5 children die in bouncy castle accident in Australia

Emergency services personnel work the scene of a deadly incident involved with a jumping castle at the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. (Grant Wells/AAP Image via AP)
Emergency services personnel work the scene of a deadly incident involved with a jumping castle at the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. (Grant Wells/AAP Image via AP)

Five children have died and four others are in critical condition after falling from a bouncy castle that was lifted 10 meters (33 feet) into the air by a gust of wind at a school on Australia’s island state of Tasmania.

The school was holding a celebration to mark the end of the school year.

The children who died include two boys and two girls in year 6, which would make them 10 or 11 years old, says Tasmania police Commissioner Darren Hine. Police then confirmed a fifth child died in the hospital.

Five other children were being treated, including four in critical condition. Hine says an investigation is underway.

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