SPRING, Texas – Dozens of people visiting Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in the Houston area were treated following a chemical leak, according to Spring Fire Department. The county has since ordered the waterpark closed until further notice.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon at the park, which is located in Spring, Texas. The chemical leak contained a mixture of bleach and sulfuric acid, according to KSAT’s sister station KPRC.
Officials said the chemical leak began in the kiddie pool area when a lifeguard got sick, followed by more patrons, including children.
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office told KPRC that 31 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment and 55 refused to be transported. Some people had minor skin and inhalation irritation, according to officials.
As of Sunday morning, 28 patients were discharged and in good condition, KPRC reports.
Final numbers from the incident command: A total of 31 people have been 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 the public is urged to avoid the area and Splashtown is closed until further notice.
HCFMO’s HAZMAT crews are also working the scene to identify the cause of the chemical leak.
This is a developing story. We’ll bring more updates as they become available.