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Water Park Visitors Treated after Breathing Fumes

June 13, 1992

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Concentrated chlorine gas escaped from the filtration system at a water park, injuring 28 people, authorities said.

Three people remained hospitalized this morning after being overcome Friday at a pool at the Oceans of Fun park. Fourteen others also were treated at hospitals and 11 were treated at the scene.

The pool was closed, but the rest of the park remained open.

John Hudacek, the park’s general manager, said officials had not determined what caused the chlorine to be pumped in a concentrated form through the pool’s filters.

Chlorine, commonly used as a disinfectant in swimming pools, can irritate the eyes, skin and lungs in concentrated doses.

Roger Mihalko of the Kansas City Health Department said the park was inspected recently and no problems were found. He said the park probably would be inspected again Monday.