08/16/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley
Sacramento, CA — Raging Waters in Sacramento is closed after 20 people were taken to area hospitals as a result of a chlorine leak in the wave pool. The leak occurred Monday afternoon, August 15, 2011, and it is unknown if the park will reopen on Tuesday, reported KCRA.
According to witnesses, the water in the wave pool turned green and started bubbling, as some people began dry heaving.
“We were in the wave pool and a big cloud of chemical was released. All of a sudden it was just really hard to breathe. It hurt the back of your throat. It was hurting people’s eyes. We just had to get out of the water,” said park-goer Alyssa Dronenburg told KCRA. “There was no notification of what was going on. The lifeguards had no idea what was going on.”
Sacramento City fire officials declared a level-two hazardous materials incident as a result of the chlorine leak.
“All we know right now is there was some sort of mechanical failure with the chlorine system that delivers the chlorine — it’s a liquefied chlorine — into the wave pool. And somehow it sounds like too much came out at once,” said Assistant Chief Niko King of the Sacramento Fire Department to KCRA.
Nine children and teenagers, eight adults and three water park employees were among the injured.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the chlorine leak.
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