Chlorine leak at dive-in movie event in Lake Jackson sends 11 kids and 1 adult to hospital

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (KTRK) -- The City of Lake Jackson is conducting an investigation after 12 people, mostly children, were transported to the hospital after swimming in a community pool.

On Friday, Aug. 2, a 'dive-in' movie event was held at an outdoor pool in Lake Jackson. Some attendees were exposed to water treatment chemicals, primarily chlorine.

This sent 11 children and an adult to the hospital. Six were transported by EMS to CHI St. Luke's in Lake Jackson, according to city leaders. Another half dozen were taken to CHI St. Luke's by their families. Eleven of the 12 were treated and released by CHI St. Luke's. One child was transported to a hospital in Houston. That child is still being treated.

"We are devastated that such a joyous event turned bad and attendees, especially children, were hurt," City Manager William Yenne said in a Facebook post.

Yenne says the mayor has been in contact with all the families affected.

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According to the city's initial investigation, staff members noticed the water level in the pool was getting high and began the process to drain some of the water. When the pool was put back into regular operation, a surge of treatment chemicals flowed into the pool. The first place these chemicals entered the pool was in the shallow end of the pool, near where the movie screen was set up. The treatment chemicals entered from the bottom of the pool and bubbled up to the surface, city officials say.

The city says all of the pool equipment has been checked out by a pool service company and was found to be in proper working condition. City leaders add that proper procedures are being reinforced with all staff in order to prevent this type of event from happening again.

The outdoor pool will scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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