’60’ people fall ill as Hazmat team rush to ‘chemical’ leak at water park

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Around 60 people are said to be affected by a chemical incident at a Texas water park.

More than 20 guests have been hospitalised after the incident at Six Flags Hurrican Harbor Splashtown park in Spring, Texas.

65 visitors were impacted by chemicals involving hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid.

It was initially reported that at least 34 people had fallen ill but it's not believed to be much higher, local media state.

Dozens of people have gone through decontamination, with Harris County Fire Marshal's Office confirming the incident has been contained to one attraction at the park.

Those affected are experiencing minor skin and/or inhalation irritation, with the chemicals involved not yet clear.

HAZMAT teams rushed to the scene and are working on air monitoring, the HCFMO wrote on Twitter.

The Houston attraction has been closed for the day after guests complained of feeling unwell with respiratory problems, The Sun reports.

"At approximately 2.30pm this afternoon, a small number of guests in a section of the park reported feeling ill with respiratory irritation," A spokesperson said.

"The safety of our guests and team member is always our highest priority and the park was immediately cleared as we try to determine a cause.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the park has been closed for the day."

Spring Fire Department said several crews had been dispatched to the scene to provide "emergency care for dozens of people who have been affected by a chemical leak".

One visitor warned guests to stay away after a "horrible chemical smell" starting to emerge from the Abby and toddler area.

"I urge anyone considering going to Splashtown to not go there," they said on Reddit.

"My family were just there and suddenly there was a burning sensation and horrible smell of chemical in the baby/toddler area of the park.

"It was very concentrated and burned our nose, throats and eyes.

"We evacuated along with others; however, the sensation of a chemical irritant exposure is still there.

"Eyes, nose, and throat are still burning almost an hour later. We could have potentially been exposed the chlorine gas."

Another guest, who said she was pregnant, told Fox News: "We were in the kiddy pool when they began evacuating.

"I have a lot of burning on my hands and feet and that's reason for concern not to come back.

HCFMO issued an update shortly after 12am (GMT), stating: "39 people refused transport, 26 people transported to area hospitals.

"Chemicals believed to be involved hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid.

"An Investigation into the cause of this incident is ongoing."

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo closed the park town until further notice.

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