Over 60 People Left Sickened in 'Chemical Incident' at Texas Six Flags
On Saturday afternoon, 65 park-goers were left ill at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, Texas as a result of a chemical incident in a children’s pool. According to Spring Fire Department Chief Scott Seifert, the park-goers were exposed to about 30-35% sulfuric acid and 10-13% bleach. Both chemicals are commonly used to clean and treat swimming pools.
The park was last inspected June 29, with nothing problematic found at the time. All equipment readings during the incident and samples taken immediately afterward showed conditions within normal legal limits, which increases cause for concern.
Children and their parents reported that they were experiencing respiratory distress. While no one reported suffering any chemical burns, each person exposed to the chemicals was encouraged to get a formal check-up.
By Sunday morning, 28 patients at the Memorial Hermann Hospital group in Houston had been treated and discharged "in good condition," hospital spokesman George Kovacik said. Some of the most serious cases appeared to be a 3-year old girl, along with a pregnant woman who was believed to be in labor.
All the victims were required to be decontaminated so that they did not infect any others that they came in contact with. Anyone who was at the park and begins to feel ill, must seek immediate medical attention. While the park has been evacuated until further notice, the reason for the chemical spill and exposure is still unknown. The children’s pool where the incident happened is under investigation.
The parties at fault for this accident must be held accountable to unnecessarily exposing innocent park-goers to dangerous chemicals. The park is supposed to have systems in place that track the pH level in the water and alert crews quickly. They must improve their systems and accept responsibility for their negligence. If you were injured in this accident and would like to explore legal action, contact our legal team today. We have experience advocating on behalf of those injured by negligent companies.