U.S. Water Playgrounds Chemical Leaks

U.S. Water Playgrounds Chemical Leaks

A chemical leak occurred at a water park in the Houston area, United States. This incident caused dozens of people to suffer from mild skin irritation and respiratory problems on Saturday (17/7). The chemicals involved include a solution of hypochlorite and 35 percent sulfuric acid.

The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office said 29 people were taken to local hospitals following the incident at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring. The other 39 people refused to be taken to hospital after undergoing decontamination procedures.

"The safety of our guests and team members is always our highest priority and the park is being cleaned immediately as we try to determine the cause," Hurricane Harbor Splashtown spokeswoman Rosie Shepard said in a statement.

The KPRC-TV report stated that some of those who fell ill were children, including a three-year-old child who was hospitalized in stable condition. "Out of an abundance of caution, the park has been closed for the day," a spokesperson for the water park said.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident, which they say occurred at one of the park's attractions. "Thankful for the swift action of today's first responders in Splashtown. We have issued a closure order to investigate and ensure the park meets all requirements prior to reopening," Houston's chief elected officer, Lina Hidalgo.