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MLGW worker cuts power at park, inflatable water slide deflates with kids on it

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Johnson and his friend could not believe what they were seeing. Parent Chris McNutt said parents were trying to get kids off of the slide. Johnson and his friend could not believe what they were seeing. Parent Chris McNutt said parents were trying to get kids off of the slide.
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(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South utility employee pulled the plug on an inflatable water slide with kids still on it. Now, MLGW is apologizing for what could have been a dangerous mistake.

Parents were panicked as the power cut off on a 50-foot slide Friday at Mid-South Family Park.

"I saw it just start deflating and I was like ... Wow," said witness Garret Johnson. "I was just freaking out cause my sister ... I didn't want to lose her 'cause I love her."

Johnson and his friend could not believe what they were seeing. Parent Chris McNutt said parents were trying to get kids off of the slide.

"There were probably about 50 kids there," said McNutt. "We noticed the top started to deflate. We started freaking out. The parents started running to the back as the slide was falling. They were trying to get the kids down ... It was panic."

It happened when a MLGW worker showed up to cut the power at Midsouth Family Fun Park.

Don Bishop with Mid-South Family Park says he told the employee he had paid his bill and he could straighten it out with a phone call.

"He said, 'It doesn't matter. I got to do my job,' " said Bishop. "I said, 'Look' ... And I pointed to the slide as it started to deflate and come down and kids running everywhere. He said, 'There's nothing I can do." And [he] walked off."

The power was turned on a few hours later after Bishop got his MLGW bill straightened out.

The following statement was released from MLGW regarding the incident:

"MLGW is committed to safe business practices and does not condone any type of behavior that endangers our customers. We apologize for this incident and will conduct a complete investigation."

Everyone got off of the water slide safely, and there were no injuries reported. Action News 5 will follow up with MLGW and let you know what they discovered about the situation.

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