A bouncy castle was ripped from the ground and blew around an estate's green during a "mini tornado".

People were left "frantic" after the bouncy castle on Fenton Green in Speke, Merseyside, was flung around on Thursday.

At around 5.50pm, CCTV from a resident living nearby showed a red and orange bouncy castle being swept into the air by a gust of wind before circling around the road with a recycling bin, reports the Liverpool Echo.

One woman said kids had 'just come off' the castle before it was blown around the road.

A eyewitness said: "I saw it with my own eyes, at first I thought someone was under it messing or fighting on other side, and the next minute it started spinning in mid air, it was like something out of a movie.

CCTV caught the bouncy castle rolling over a car
CCTV caught the bouncy castle rolling over a car

"It then catapulted across the green, hitting the roof of the house in the corner and landing on a red Mini car outside.

"It took four men to get it back on the grass verge and it was very lucky somebody was watching over the kids."

Residents took to the Speke Past & Present group to talk about the incident, with one woman describing the freak weather as a 'mini tornado'.

Residents say children had just got off the bouncy castle
Residents say children had just got off the bouncy castle

One woman who was less convinced, and who asked not to be named said: "No I'm not having this. There is no tornado, we're in Liverpool not Texas!"

Another added: "Still absolutely baffled I witnessed this! S*** always happens in this green."

A spokesperson from The Met Office said that although tornados are a regular occurrence in this country, with 35 being reported each year, the weather in Speke was "very unlikely" to have been caused by a tornado.

They said: "Tornados usually come from thunder clouds and the nearest thunderstorm to Speke on Thursday was 35 miles away.

"It's very unlikely this was caused by a tornado and [more likely] just by a very big gust of wind."