A little girl, believed to be no older than four, sadly died when the giant inflatable castle appeared to explode.

She had 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.

Witnesses described hearing ‘the most enormous bang’ and saw the girl ‘catapulted’ into the air before emergency services tried desperately to keep her alive with CPR, reports Daily Mail.

Kayla-Ann Weaver, who was sitting only metres away from the accident, said: ‘I cannot believe what I just witnessed on Gorleston beach. Never ever will I let my girls on a bouncy castle ever. My thoughts are with the little girls family.

‘I was right next to it the girls wanted to go on it I said no. I was sat next to it behind the barrier and I just heard a big bang and I turn around and a little girl in pink flew up and back down.

‘They did CPR on her straight away. She looked a lot younger than four-years-old.

‘It is terrible. Cherish every moment you never know what could happen in a blink of an eye.’

Owner Curt Johnson, 47, who was not present at the time of the tragedy, said the inflatable may have exploded in the heat.

Calls to ban

Politicians are now calling for a bouncy castle ban to prevent further deaths.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, Essex – where seven-year-old Summer Grant was killed when a bouncy castle blew free from its moorings in 2016 – wants politicians to consider a temporary ban.

He tweeted on Sunday evening: ‘After two horrific tragedies, Government need to look at update of regulations and inspection regime and consider a temporary ban on bouncy castles in public areas until we can be sure that they are safe.’

Mr Halfon has written to the speaker of the House of Commons requesting an urgent question on the matter on Monday.

Such a terrible tragedy.

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  • Horrible. But this very much sounds like a freak accident. Sadly just one of those things.


  • It was meant to be a fun time and now a little girl has lost her life. This is heartbreaking.


  • I have never been a fan of jumping castles. I’m so glad I’m no longer in a situation where I need to be around them. Think about how someone can blow up a castle in your back yard and then return 6 or 8 hours later? Where is the supervision? the safety? the understanding of how it works? They’re an unregulated industry but they’re so much fun… right?


  • A terrible tragedy, but where does it stop? Yes, they should ensure that they are safe and there should be regulations, but should we ban everything that could cause a risk of harm? In all honesty I’ve seen articles about the dangers of slides in playgrounds and I’m sure there are other things that are ‘not safe’. We live in a dangerous world, if we banned everything that might harm us then we may as well leave the house wearing bubble suits!

    • I agree! As horrible as it was, it was a freak accident and unfortunately these things happen.


  • Wow.. that is scary!


  • This is real cause for concern.


  • What a terrible accident. Definitely there need to be more regulations about bouncy castles, but I wouldn’t banned them.


  • Such a horrible accident and such a terrible tragedy. I have so much sympathy for the family.


  • I don’t agree with a complete ban, but I do agree with reviewing safety regulations and finding the safest practice for these things. Out of hundreds of jumping castles that are no doubt operational at least every weekend, the odds are pretty good that they’re safe to use without everyone needing to be paranoid about them. Freak accidents will happen, that’s why they’re freak accidents.


  • I do feel like this is one of those freak accident. These bouncy castles have been around for years and the numbers of deaths I don’t believe have been great. I am very sorry for the parents of the little girl and of course rules and regulations should be looked into and see if anything can be gained from a health and safety perspective. Unfortunately accidents do occur and I do not believe they should be banned.


  • I think this is ond of those freak accidents. Bouncy castles have been around for decades. I feel for the family affected and eould hate thix to happen to my kids. Perhaps regulations need tk be looked at. But i wont be stopping my children from bouncing on castles.


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