More than 80 people needed treatment Saturday after a chemical leak at a Six Flags water park near Houston.
Based on KPRC-TV, the incident occurred at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, just north of Houston. Officials said 31 people were taken to hospital for treatment, while 55 people underwent detoxification but did not go to the hospital.
A representative for Hurricane Harbor told CBS News: “At around 2:30pm this afternoon, a small number of guests in one area of the park reported experiencing respiratory discomfort.
“The safety of our guests and team members has always been our top priority and the park was cleaned up immediately as we tried to determine the cause. Out of an abundance of caution, the park was closed for the day.”
ABC News reported Sunday that the incident affected a children’s pool, one of 16 attractions at the park.
“After evacuating the park and conducting preliminary air and water tests, investigators found the water contained a chemical combination of 35% sulfuric acid and 10-13% bleach,” said Scott Seifert, supervisor. Spring Texas Fire director, told reporters,” ABC reported.
“The chemicals are commonly used to clean and treat pools.”
First responders in this case reported that most of those affected appeared to have difficulty breathing.
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“Most of the patients we see in the beginning have respiratory failure, a little shortness of breath, things like that,” Spring Fire Department Superintendent Scott Seifert said Saturday. according to CBS. “We didn’t see anyone with chemical burns, anything like that.”
A 3-year-old had a “severe enough condition” that the child was taken to a children’s hospital, and later listed in stable condition, CBS reported.
Officials said the chemicals found included bleach and sulfuric acid. Bleach is commonly used to disinfect swimming pools.
The incident only affected one of the park’s 16 attractions, but officials later closed the park for the day.
“We don’t know exactly what happened before that made people sick,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said. “…But clearly something is wrong.”
“What started as a day of family fun has turned into a nightmare for many families,” she said, according to Yahoo!.
“Children are coming out of the pool with breathing problems,” she said. “Ultimately it’s clear that there’s something in the environment or the water that’s making these kids sick, these families sick.”
The park has been check in June, officials said.
A chemical leak at #Splashtown in the spring. At least 34 people must be decontaminated. Patient being transported to @memorialhermann at the Texas Medical Center. Direct group insurance # KHOU11 at 6. pic.twitter.com/2vRMrbiGdE
– Shern-Min Chow 🏻 (@ShernMinKHOU) July 17, 2021
“I think it was a terrorist attack,” said Steven Morris, who was among those taken to a locality. hospital, according to KPRC.
Morris’s daughter Lia, 9, started crying and vomiting.
“I just started coughing and then my eyes swelled up,” says Lia Morris.
A total of 26 people were transported from Six Flags Hurricane Harbor to area hospitals. 39 people refused ambulance transport after being decontaminated by Spring Firefighters. The county ordered the park to be closed. pic.twitter.com/Nue1NjH0B5
– Spring Fire Department (@Springfdtx) July 17, 2021
KPRC quoted a father who only goes by the name Hunter as saying, “I spoke to some of the rescuers here from Splashtown and they informed me that the chemicals were mixed up by mistake.”
“You started the day trying to make memories at Splashtown and now you end up here in the emergency room,” the man said. “It hurts, man. My heart goes out to all the families out there and all the kids. It couldn’t have happened in the worst place.”