A chemical leak in a water park at Six Flags Texas sent dozens of people to hospital on Saturday, 17 July.
The incident, which took place in a children’s pool at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, is reported to have happened at around 2:30 pm.
Several guests and a lifeguard became sick, with “respiratory issues” being the most common symptoms reported.
A total of 28 people were transported to local hospitals, and the park was evacuated, while a reported 32 underwent decontamination.
When tests of the water were carried out, investigators discovered that the water contained a combination of 35% sulfuric acid and 10-13% bleach.
Chlorine bleach is one of the most common drinking water contaminants. It is used to disinfect tap water and kill germs in public swimming pools. However, chlorine should only be used in measured amounts, as it can be very harmful in large quantities.
According to park representatives, preliminary findings indicated that “there was a vapor release in a small outdoor section of the park that quickly dissipated”.
The park remains closed while the investigation continues.