Skip to comments.Toxic Public Pool Sends Kids to Hospital. Parents Want Answers
Posted on 06/23/2012 3:03:09 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
In Thursday's 90 degree heat-wave, Indianapolis' Garfield Park Pool seemed like the best place for locals to cool down. Then, in a moment, it became the worst.
"Mayhem," is how the Indianapolis Star's reporters described the scene as hoards of young swimmers began vomiting. Lifeguards rushed to evacuate the pool, as the reported odor of sharp chemicals flooded the area.
One mom on the scene described "an explosion of acid" rising from a once serene pool, though it's unclear what officially happened around 2 p.m. yesterday to sicken as many as 80 people, according to the Star's estimate.
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I havd no idea what awful thing happened here but what a perfect scenario for a terrorist attack.
I had chlorine gas exposure once as a result of cleaning a surface that had residual of another cleaner on it. When you use chlorine, you’re not supposed to mix certain other chemicals w/it that liberate the gas (ammonia does that.) I’m thinking error or ill-informed prankster. You’re right, though. Intentional harm didn’t even occur to me.
Just a Baby Ruth bar, thank god.
Most larger pools these days use a salt-based chlorinator. However, I suppose this one could still be using the older powdered chemicals I used when I was a lifeguard. It’s large-scale chemistry, and all it takes is an error in the schedule or a malfunction in the automatic system to end up with a huge shock of chlorine in the water.
Aren’t most public pools toxic? One can hardly imagine a better place to catch germs than a crowded pool.
Caddyshack. Must-own, classic movie.
"Last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it." Rodney Dangerfield, RIP.
Chlorax and uric acid will do the same. It is the same thing as mixing chlorine and ammonia.
Most commercial public pools today either use sodium hypochlorite or calcium hypochlorite feeder systems, with some of the more sophisticated systems using sensors to dispense the appropriate amount of chlorine and acid needed to maintain proper balancing levels.
Occasionally a public pool will use salt for chlorination, but in most cases, the number of generator cells and the corresponding electronics needed for high gallonage pool becomes cost prohibitive.
How sad. I hope they all make a full recovery.
(p.s., you meant “hordes,” Piper. Don’t trust your spellchecker: it doesn’t know a homophone from a hole in the head.)
Sounds like too much chlorine...
Looks good on you.
Comes with a free bowl of soup.
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