SPARKS, Nevada — A dust devil sent a large, inflatable slide 100-feet into the air at an Independence Day celebration in Sparks, Nevada.
“It was almost like a mini tornado. I think the wind was probably 60-70 miles an hour and that was it. It just lifted it off the ground. Broke tethers, just lifted the tethers right up ripped it right off,” Georgoe Dolivo, the owner of the company that operates the slide, told KOLO.
Thankfully, no one was on the slide when it happened, KRNV reported.
Three people who were standing near the slide when it went up suffered minor injuries, but officials say the damage could have been much worse.
“I am guessing a couple hundred feet at least. And I was thinking oh my god, I hope there are no children in there. We heard later that some kid had just been in there and had gotten out and they were just getting ready to open it to everyone else,” witness Derek Smith told KOLO.
Officials told KRNV the slide had just passed a safety inspection when this happened.
KOLO reports the slide was held down with 1,000 pounds of weights.