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Water park at Michigan Adventure has hazmat emergency


MUSKEGON (WKZO) -- Dozens of visitors to Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon County got a scary ride they didn’t anticipate Friday afternoon and it wasn’t on a roller coaster.

It was a trip by ambulance to the hospital for emergency treatment for exposure to chlorine.

A mistaken mix of pool chemicals used to keep the water in the wave pool sanitary, somehow created a cloud of irritating gas that caused minor respiratory problems.

Christopher Dean with the Muskegon County Hazmat Unit says Lifegaurds knew what to do and did it before anyone suffered any real injury.

He says it appears that too much chlorine was used in combination with Muriatic Acid, two common pool chemicals.

 Four dozen swimmers were told to leave the pool by lifeguards who braved the gas themselves to make sure everyone got out.

About half the swimmers and two lifeguards were taken to emergency rooms where they were treated and released.

Others were just hosed off in a parking lot and checked for symptoms.

The park will be open this weekend.