Little girl dies after jumping castle 'explodes'

Gorleston beach

The girl, who authorities didn't identify, was critically injured when she was flung from the bouncy castle in Gorleston, a seaside town on the coast of Norfolk in east England., the Guardian reported.

According to The Telegraph, the victim is believed to be just four years old.

The owner of the play area the castle had been installed in wasn't on the scene at the time, but tells The Mirror it exploded "because of the heat".

An inflatable at a beach in Norwich exploded and threw a child 20ft in the air, witnesses say.

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The accident happened as temperatures soared into the high 20Cs on Gorleston beach, a popular area usually thronged by hundreds of sunseekers when the weather is nice.

Ambulance teams took the child to the James Paget Hospital "in a serious medical condition".

After the incident, Robert Halfon, a member of parliament who represents the area, called for an "urgent investigation" into the regulation of inflatable trampolines. She'd been playing on the trampoline in a section of the beach called Bounce About, which also has an inflatable slide, traditional trampolines and a rodeo ride.

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"Just seen the most horrific thing in my life".

The girl was seriously injured and suffered a cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived, frantically trying to keep her alive with CPR.

Halfon was referring to the case of Summer Grant, who died in 2016 after a gust of wind lifted a bouncy castle from its moorings in Essex.

A joint investigation between the Health and Safety Executive, police and Great Yarmouth Borough Council is under way.

"Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers", said a spokesperson.

The inflatable had not been properly secured to the ground at an Easter fair, a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

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