By Kim Hynes (WICHITA, Kan.)
Pure Entertainment will close for 90 days. The Wichita City Council voted to suspend the inflatable company's license in five days. The decision came after more than two hours of discussion.
The issue came before the city council because of a discovery by the Wichita Police Department. In March, a 5-year-old boy fell off of an inflatable and died. When police came in to investigate, they discovered issues with Pure Entertainment's licensing. The licensing issue is separate from the death investigation, but that's how it came to light.
Wichita police found that the inflatables weren't inspected by a licensed inspector. Jesse Zogleman signed off on the rides but his license had lapsed in 2008. Jesse is the son of the owner of Pure Entertainment Duane Zogleman. Duane Zogleman says he didn't realize his son's license wasn't valid.
The invalid license is a violation of city code and the police department revoked Pure Entertainment's license in March. Zogleman filed an appeal that went before the city council Tuesday. Zogleman says after he learned of the issue, the inflatables were inspected by a third party and were all deemed safe, including the one the boy fell off of.