Dozens of kids sickened from chlorine at Antioch water park

Jun 19, 2015 11:26 AM by News Staff

ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) - About 40 became ill while swimming at a city-run water park in Antioch after excessive chorine apparently leaked into the water.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that victims started vomiting and feeling burning in their eyes around 2 p.m. Thursday at the Prewett Water Park. Lifeguards shut down the park as emergency crews rushed to the scene.

Officials say 17 victims were taken to local hospitals and Contra Costa County hazardous materials crews are examining the park to see what went wrong.

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. George Laing. He said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, and were characterized as "minor respiratory distress."


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle

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