Dozens Treated After Chemical Leak At Houston-Area Water Park

Authorities said Saturday that a chemical spill at a Houston-area water park caused mild skin irritation and breathing problems in scores of people.

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office reported that 29 individuals were sent to area hospitals after an incident at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring. After completing decontamination procedures, 39 others declined to be transported to a hospital.

Children, according to KPRC-TV, were among those who fell ill, including a 3-year-old who was hospitalized in stable condition.

Officials claimed hypochlorite solution and 35 percent sulfuric acid were among the substances used.

According to press reports, Hurricane Harbor Splashtown spokesman Rosie Shepard said in a statement, “The safety of our visitors and staff members is always our greatest priority, and the park was promptly vacated as we strive to find a reason.” “The park has been closed for the day out of an abundance of caution.”

Authorities are looking into what caused the incident, which they say was limited to one park ride.

Lina Hidalgo, Houston’s main elected official, tweeted, “Grateful for the quick action by first responders today at Splashtown,” adding, “We’ve issued a closure order to investigate and ensure the park fulfills all standards before reopening again.”

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