• Dozens are hospitalized after strong chemical reaction at park pool

    June 22, 2012 No comments

    A scary chemical combination sent dozens of kids to the hospital Thursday afternoon.

    It happened around 2 p.m. at Garfield Park Pool, a little south of downtown Indianapolis. Emergency officials, the mayor, and the Health and Parks departments responded, separating the children into groups depending on their symptoms.

    About 70 people, mostly children, were taken to several area hospitals, most for difficulty breathing, nausea or eye irritation.

    Thursday evening, 12 people were still in the hospital.

    The Marion County Health Department is now investigating whether this was a chemical spill or whether chemicals were mixed improperly.

    Officials said the two chemicals under investigation are muriatic acid, used to clean the pool, and sodium hypochlorite (bleach).

    As of Thursday night, there were still five patients at IU Health Methodist Hospital and seven patients at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, all of which were in stable condition.

    The pool will remain closed until the Health Department finalizes its investigation.


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