A six-year-old girl was killed and other kids injured when a bouncy castle exploded in north-east Spain

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Preliminary reports suggest that one of the air valves on the bouncy castle might have failed and exploded when the pressure inside it built up. The community was shocked and the owners of the restaurant are ‘very affected’ by the incident. Inflatable castles are temporary inflatable structures or buildings and similar items that are rented for functions, school and church festivals and village fetes and used for recreational purposes, particularly for children.

The first inflatable structure was designed in 1959 by John Scurlock in Shreveport, Louisiana who was experimenting with inflatable covers for tennis courts when he noticed his employees enjoyed jumping on the covers. The surfaces are typically composed of thick, strong PVC or vinyl and nylon, and the castle is inflated using an electric or petrol-powered blower. A new type of inflatable has evolved, with a blower pumping in air continuously. Pores in the seams and material allow air to escape as children play, In some countries they are required to be inspected annually. This inflatable castle was new and had been in use for less than two months, having opened on 14 March.

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