Chemical leak at YMCA pool sends dozens to the hospital

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A YMCA in North Carolina was closed Wednesday after a chemical leak sent 42 people to the hospital, including six children who were in serious condition.

Officials say a malfunction caused sodium hypochlorite to be released into the pool at around 2:45 p.m. Thirty-four children and two adults were treated for non-serious injuries.

According to reports, the six children in serious condition were exhibiting symptoms such as vomiting, respiratory illness, and skin and eye irritation. Medics said their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

A lifeguard noticed a strong chemical odor near the indoor pool-pump room and informed employees.

After discovering the leak in the pool’s disinfection system, a hazardous materials team was called to the scene to determine how to stop it.

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