5 Kids Sickened by ‘Cloud of Chlorine Gas’ at Florida Pool

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A thunderstorm knocked out a pump at an indoor swimming pool in Florida, causing a “cloud of chlorine gas” that sent five children to a hospital.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials tell news outlets it happened Monday evening at Calypso Swim Center in Tampa.

Fire rescue officials say the storm caused the breaker to shut off one of the two pumps, which caused the water in the pool to stop circulating. That led to a buildup of chlorine in one of the pipes. When the pump came back on, it pushed the chemical mix into the pool, causing the cloud of gas.

A hazmat crew helped ventilate the building. The pool owner called it a “freak accident.”

The children complained of stomach discomfort and were treated and released.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

It's a Date | October 2017Our beautiful Bay Area is constantly buzzing with activity. Every weekend seems to bring a new adventure. It's a Date! is our monthly calendar created to help you keep up with everything Tampa Bay has to offer!
Best Party Beaches Around Tampa BayIt's illegal to drink alcohol on most of Tampa Bay's beaches - unless you know about these next six locations.
CBS Tampa’s Social Media LinksFollow us!

Listen Live