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Texas: Chemical spill affects dozens of people in water park

Texas: Chemical spill affects dozens of people in water park

A chemical leak at a Houston area water park caused mild skin irritation and respiratory problems for visitors Saturday, officials said.

The Harris County Fire Department tweeted that a total of 29 people had been taken to local hospitals following an incident at Hurricane Harbor Splastown Water Park where six flags were flown in the spring. A further 39 people refused to be taken to hospital after cleaning procedures.

Among the victims were minors, including a three-year-old boy, who was admitted to hospital in a stable condition, the TV channel KPRC-TV reported.

Officials described the chemicals in it as sodium hypochlorite and 35% sulfuric acid.

“The safety of our group of visitors and workers has always been our priority and the park was evacuated immediately as we tried to determine a cause,” Hurricane Harbor Splastown spokeswoman Rosie Shepherd told the media in a statement. “With great caution, the park is closed for the rest of the day.”

Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident, which they confirmed was only recorded at one attraction in the park.

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