A chemical leak at a Houston-area water park has left dozens of people with minor skin irritation and respiratory problems, authorities said.
Twenty-nine people were taken to local hospitals on Saturday following the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown incident in the spring, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office tweeted. Thirty-nine others refused to be taken to hospital after undergoing decontamination procedures.
KPRC-TV reported that some of those who fell ill were children, including a 3-year-old who was in hospital in stable condition.
The chemicals involved included a hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid, officials said.
“The safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority and the park was immediately cleaned up as we try to determine a cause,” Hurricane Harbor Splashtown spokesperson Rosie Shepard said in a statement. release, according to media reports. “As a precaution, the park was closed for the day. “
Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident, which they say was limited to one attraction in the park.
“Grateful for the rapid action of the first responders today in Splashtown,” Houston Principal Lina Hidalgo tweeted. “We have issued a closure order to investigate and ensure the park meets all requirements before reopening again.”
In southern Michigan, at least four people have died while attending a weekend country music festival, including three men who likely succumbed to carbon monoxide exposure inside a trailer , the authorities announced on Saturday.
Two other men were in critical condition in a hospital following the same exposure, the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office said. The five men were in their twenties.
A worried friend called 911 around 1:30 p.m. after not hearing from them during the Faster Horses Festival at Michigan International Speedway, 80 miles (128.7 kilometers) west of Detroit. They were staying at a campground outside the festival grounds in Woodstock Township.
“This tragic incident is being investigated as an alleged exposure to carbon monoxide from a generator located very close to the trailer,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, state police reported the death of a 30-year-old woman. The cause and manner were unknown, state police said, although investigators are looking for a suspect.
“The detectives want the public to know that there is no danger or threat to people who attend” the music festival, state police said.