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Computer Incident Caused ‘Michigan’s Adventure’ Chlorine Spill

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MUSKEGON (WWJ/AP) — Human error appears to be the cause of a chlorine release Friday at a theme park in West Michigan.

A park maintenance worker entered the wrong information into a computer that controls chemicals in a wave pool at Michigan’s Adventure in Fruitland Township near Muskegon. The chlorine gas release sent over two dozen park guests to the hospital. No serious injuries were reported.

Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler told The Muskegon Chronicle that the gas was created Friday afternoon by the release of a combination of chemicals at the park.

Twenty-seven people were being received at two area hospitals. At least 25 people were showered off Friday afternoon in the park’s parking lot. A hazardous materials response team, paramedics and firefighters were called to the park.

WJRW-AM reports that two hospitals went on lockdown earlier due to the risk of chlorine exposure.

Michigan’s Adventure, north of Grand Rapids in Muskegon, is the state’s largest amusement and water park.

 

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