More than 100 people were treated Saturday afternoon after a chemical leak at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in the spring, according to local officials. Investigators believe the leak was some sort of mixture of bleach and sulfuric acid.
According to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, 31 people were taken to hospital while 55 were refused transport at 8:30 p.m. Authorities said those affected were decontaminated before being allowed to leave. leave the park.
Final Incident Command Figures: A total of 31 people were transported from Six Flags Hurricane Harbor to area hospitals. 55 people refused ambulance transport after decontamination by Spring firefighters.
– Spring Fire Department (@Springfdtx) July 18, 2021
Officials said fire crews responded to Splashtown around 2:30 p.m. Investigators said the incident started in the children’s pool area when a lifeguard fell ill. Soon after, more people fell ill, including children.
Officials said most people experienced minor skin irritation and inhalation. A 3-year-old child was rushed to hospital but is in stable condition. A woman gave birth during the assessment and is doing well.
Investigators said the system that controls the water park’s chemicals did not trigger any alarms or readings.
HCFMO hazmat is investigating to identify the cause of the incident and verify the chemicals involved. They said they had taken water and air samples and the levels appeared to be normal at the moment. Authorities will continue to monitor air and water quality.
County Judge Lina Hildago ordered the park closed until further investigation. Officials said Six Flags is cooperating.
The Office of the Fire Marshal said Splashtown’s last inspection was in June 2021.
A day has gone wrong
Steven Morris and his 9-year-old daughter, Lia, are among more than 30 people rushed to a local hospital following the Splashtown leak.
“I thought it was a terrorist attack, I felt like I had been gassed,” said Steven Morris.
He said he knew something was wrong when his daughter started to cry and vomit. Doctors and nurses said her oxygen levels were low.
“I just started to cough and then my eyes swelled up,” said Lia Morris.
Another father said he smelled a harsh odor and quickly realized something was wrong.
“You don’t plan your day around something like that, you know… things happen but you never expect something like that, you know,” Hunter said.
He shared videos that show the chaotic scene following a chemical leak in Splashtown.
“You see the videos of people rioting, it’s almost like this man. People are running around, it’s chaotic, ”said Hunter. “I spoke to some lifeguards who are here from Splashtown and they informed me that the chemicals were poorly mixed.”
Hunter said he was concerned about his son and the potential long-term effects.
“My son, he is still in the hospital at the moment. They watch him for six hours. I think the main thing that worries us are the long term effects. “
The father said it was not the day he was expecting.
“You started the day trying to make memories in Splashtown and now you find yourself here in the ER,” he said. “It’s very traumatic, man. My thoughts are with all the families and all the children. It couldn’t have happened in the worst place.
Here is the full press conference of local officials:
Rosie Shepard of Hurricane Harbor Splashtown released the following statement:
“Around 2:30 pm this afternoon, a small number of guests in part of the park reported feeling sick with respiratory irritation. 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. As a precaution, the park was closed for the day.
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center issued the following statement:
“With respect to a chemical spill reported in the Spring area today, we can confirm that Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center received 12 patients and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center received 5 patients. All patients are currently being evaluated and their status is unknown at this time. “
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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