DURHAM, N.C. — The Latest on a chemical leak at a North Carolina YMCA (all times local):
Emergency personnel in North Carolina say it was sodium hypochlorite which leaked at a YMCA, leading to an evacuation and sending six children to area hospitals.
A statement from Durham police says the chemical was released around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the downtown YMCA. A statement from police says six of the 40 children evacuated were taken to local hospitals in serious condition, while 34 children and two adults were treated for non-serious injuries.
According to police, those transported were exhibiting symptoms such as vomiting, respiratory illness, and skin and eye irritation.
Initial reports indicated there was a chlorine leak at the YMCA.
Authorities say nearly two dozen people have been evacuated from a YMCA in North Carolina due to a chlorine leak at a pool.
Durham police told local media outlets that there were at least 35 children and adults in the pool at the downtown YMCA on Wednesday when the leak occurred. Of the 35, 23 were taken to area hospitals.
Durham Deputy Fire Chief Chris Iannuzzi said there was a report of a leak in the disinfection system, and a hazardous materials team was on the scene trying to determine how to stop it.
A tent was set up outside the YMCA to evaluate people who may have been overcome by fumes. Children attending day camp at the YMCA were moved to a different branch.