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Girl dies and six other kids injured after inflatable castle explodes and catapults them in air

Mirror logo Mirror 8/05/2017 Rita Sobot

Credits: Antena3 © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Antena3 A six-year-old girl has died and six other children injured after an inflatable castle exploded and threw them 45ft into the air.

The horrific incident occurred on Sunday afternoon in the garden of a restaurant where a group of children, aged three to 11, were playing.

Three children most seriously were rushed to hospital by air ambulance, but sadly the little girl of six died from her severe injuries overnight.

Debris was found more than 120ft away from the original site, including in the branches of trees.

The accident happened in Caldes de Malavella, a town in Girona, Spain at about 3.45pm yesterday afternoon.

An investigation is already underway to find out what happened but it is believed one of the air valves failed and exploded when the pressure inside built up.

The emergency services remained on the scene all afternoon, with seven ambulances and the two helicopters, as well as eight police cars and five fire crews.

The three most seriously hurt children were two girls aged six and seven and a boy of nine.

One of the six year olds died in hospital a few hours after being admitted, the other two are still being treated for "multiple injuries".

The other four received minor cuts and bruises as a result of the incident which happened after the inflatable was set up in restaurant's garden.

The Mayor of Caldes de Malavella, Salvador Balliu says the bouncy castle was new and described the explosion as "very very strong".

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Parents of the injured children were having their lunch whilst the boys and girls played on the inflatable.

Customers have reported hearing "a loud bang" and said the children were flung high into the air before falling down on the grass or tarmac.

Because of the seriousness of the situation, the government of Cataluyna put its Civil Protection Plan into operation.

President of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, has sent his solidarity and affection to the family of the deceased child through his Twitter account.

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