Dozens Treated After Chemical Leak at Texas Water Park

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
July 18, 2021 Updated: July 18, 2021

A chemical leak at a Houston-area water park left dozens suffering from minor skin irritation and respiratory issues Saturday, authorities said.

Twenty-nine people were taken to local hospitals following the incident at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office wrote on Twitter. Thirty-nine others declined to be taken to a hospital after undergoing decontamination procedures.

KPRC-TV reported that some of those who became sick were children, including a 3-year-old who was hospitalized in stable condition.

The chemicals involved included hypochlorite solution and 35 percent sulfuric acid, officials said.

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks to the media after a chemical leak at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, Texas, on July 17, 2021. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

“The safety of our guests and team member is always our highest priority and the park was immediately cleared as we try to determine a cause,” Hurricane Harbor Splashtown spokesperson Rosie Shepard said in a statement, according to news outlets. “Out of an abundance of caution, the park has been closed for the day.”

Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident, which they said was contained to one attraction at the park.

“Grateful for the swift action from first responders today at Splashtown,” Houston’s chief elected official, Lina Hidalgo, wrote on Twitter. “We’ve issued a closure order to investigate and ensure the park meets all requirements before reopening again.”

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