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31 People Hospitalized, Released After Chemical Exposure At Houston-Area Water Park

The park was evacuated Saturday, and the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office said the fumes came from a mix of hypochlorite and sulfuric acid.

Harris County Judge lina Hidalgo updates the public on a chemical leak at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, July 17, 2021.

Thirty-one people were treated and released from area hospitals after being exposed to a chemical spill at a water park in Spring over the weekend, the local fire department said.

About 2:30 p.m. Saturday, a group of people reported feeling sick with respiratory issuess inside Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, according to the park’s Twitter account. Harris County officials say the incident happened near a childrens' pool.

The park was evacuated Saturday, and the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office said the fumes came from a mix of hypochlorite and sulfuric acid.

The Spring Fire Department said 55 people refused ambulance transport after decontamination efforts.

Harris County Public Health ordered the park remain closed while investigators look into what happened.

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