July 19, 2021
More than 100 people were infected over the weekend due to a chemical spill at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown water park in Spring, Texas, KPRC television reported, citing local officials with the health.
First responders decontaminated most of the people at the site. Thirty-one people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, including a 3-year-old, while 55 people were refused transportation, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office told the station.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo told ABC News the child was in stable condition at Texas Children’s Hospital.
As of Sunday, 28 of those taken to hospital were discharged in good condition, the KPRC said.
The incident appears to have started in the children’s pool when a lifeguard, and then guests at the water park, fell ill. Most people experienced minor skin irritation and inhalation, KPRC reported.
The Office of the Fire Marshal tweeted that hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid were considered to be the chemicals involved. These chemicals are often used to clean and treat swimming pools.
A representative of the park told KPRC that it appears that vapor has occurred in a small outdoor section of the park and quickly dissipated.
“We’re working hand-in-hand with Harris County public health officials, as well as third-party industry experts, to determine a cause, and will reopen when we’re satisfied it’s safe to do so. do, “the representative said in a statement. “We understand that all affected guests and team members have been released and are back home. The safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority. “
Hildago has ordered the park closed while the leak is investigated.
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