A chemical leak at a Houston-area water park has left dozens of people with mild skin irritation and respiratory problems, authorities said.
Twenty-nine people were taken to local hospitals Saturday after the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown incident in Spring, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s office tweeted. Another 39 people refused to be taken to a hospital after undergoing decontamination procedures.
KPRC-TV reported that some of those who became ill were children, including a 3-year-old boy who was in the hospital in stable condition.
The chemicals involved included a 35% sulfuric acid and hypochlorite solution, authorities said.
“The safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority and the park was cleared immediately while we tried to determine a cause,” Hurricane Harbor Splashtown spokeswoman Rosie Shepard said in a statement, according to the news outlets. . “As a precaution, the park has been closed for the day.”
Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident, which they said was contained in an attraction in the park.
“Grateful for the quick action of the first responders today at Splashtown,” Houston’s top elected official Lina Hidalgo tweeted. “We have issued a closure order to investigate and make sure the park meets all the requirements before reopening.”
Meanwhile, in southern Michigan, at least four people died while attending a weekend country music festival, including three men who likely succumbed to carbon monoxide exposure inside a travel trailer, authorities said. Saturday.
Two more men were in critical condition at a hospital from the same exposure, the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office said. The five men were in their early 20s.
A concerned friend called 911 around 1.30pm when he hadn’t heard from them during the Faster Horses Festival at Michigan International Speedway, 80 miles (128.7 kilometers) west of Detroit. They were staying at a camp outside the festival grounds in Woodstock Township.
“This tragic incident is being investigated as a suspected carbon monoxide exposure from a generator located in close proximity to the travel trailer,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.
On the other hand, the state police reported the death of a 30-year-old woman. The cause and manner were unknown, state police said, although investigators were looking for a suspect.
“Detectives want the public to know that there is no danger or threats to people who attend” the music festival, state police said.