40 children among 43 hurt, 6 seriously, in chemical leak at Downtown YMCA – Durham Herald Sun

Forty-three people — 40 of them children between the ages of 6 and 12 — were taken to hospitals Wednesday after a noxious spill at the Downtown Durham YMCA. Six of those injured, all of them children, were reported to be in serious but “non-life-threatening” condition.

The Downtown Y closed shortly before 3 p.m. after a sodium hypochlorite spill at its indoor pool.

Sodium hypochlorite is a chemical commonly used as a disinfectant. Durham County spokeswoman Dawn Dudley said the substance is used for the “everyday maintenance” of swimming pools.

In its initial report of the incident, the YMCA cited mechanical issues as the reason behind its early closure.

Thirty-nine people were actually in the pool at the time of the reported leak, Dudley said.


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