Could block party bounce houses put Springfield taxpayers at risk? One councilman thinks so.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (NEWS-LEADER) – Springfield City Councilman Richard Ollis knows his opinions on bounce houses aren’t popular with kids.

“Bounce houses are very dangerous,” Ollis said during a City Council meeting on Monday night.  “(There were) over 20,000 accidents in bounce houses last year. That’s over 50 accidents a day.”

Ollis was speaking against a bill about insurance requirements for certain special events held on the city-owned property, such as public streets and sidewalks.

The bill was approved by City Council in a 6-1 vote on Monday. Ollis, CEO, and chairman of insurance agency Ollis/Akers/Arney was the only “no” vote.

There were two provisions that Ollis took issue with, which he said are “putting taxpayers at risk.”

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