More than 80 people were treated Saturday afternoon after a chemical leak in Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown this spring, according to local officials. Investigators believe the leak was some sort of blend of bleach and sulfuric acid.
According to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, 31 people were rushed to the hospital, while 55 were denied transportation from 6 p.m. 20.30. Officials said those affected were decontaminated before being allowed to leave the park.
Final figures from the incident command: A total of 31 people have been transported from Six Flags Hurricane Harbor to area hospitals. 55 people refused ambulance transport after decontamination of the spring firefighters.
– Spring Fire Department (@Springfdtx) July 18, 2021
Officials said firefighters responded to Splashtown around 6 p.m. 14.30 According to investigators, the incident started in the kiddie pool area when a lifeguard became ill. Shortly afterwards, several people became ill, including children.
Grateful for the prompt action of first responders today in Splashtown. In all, more than 60 people suffered from respiratory problems, and about 30 were transferred to the hospital. We have issued a closure order to investigate and ensure that the park meets all requirements before reopening again. pic.twitter.com/2QWQOgtk37
– Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX) July 17, 2021
Officials said most people experienced minor skin irritation and inhalation. A 3-year-old child was rushed to hospital but is in stable condition.
Investigators said the system that controls the chemicals in the water park had no alarms or readings turned off.
HCFMO Hazmat investigates to identify the cause of the incident and to check the chemicals involved. They said they took water and air samples and that levels appear to be normal at this point. Officials will continue to monitor air and water quality.
Splashtown will remain closed until further notice, officials said.
Officials asked residents to avoid the area.
Here is the full press from local officials:
Rosie Shepard of Hurricane Harbor Splashtown made the following statement:
“At. At 2:30 this afternoon, a small number of guests in a part of the park reported that they felt sick with respiratory irritation. The safety of our guests and team member is always our top priority and the park was immediately cleared as we try to find a cause. Of an abundance of caution, the park is closed for the day. ”
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center issued the following statement:
“In connection with a reported chemical spill in the Spring area today, we can confirm that Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center has received 12 patients and Memorial Hermann Woodlands Medical Center has received 5 patients. All patients are currently being evaluated and their conditions are unknown at present. ”
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