Seven injured in hazardous chemical leak at Aurora pool

Five went to the hospital.
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Kids cool off in the pool at Globeville’s Argo Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Updated at 5:33 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2024.

Hazardous chemicals leaked into the air at a swimming pool near Del Mar Park in Aurora on Friday afternoon.

At least seven people were injured in the incident and five were hospitalized.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, according to Aurora Fire Rescue.

So what happened?

"The swimming pool maintenance personnel found a pump leaking pool chemicals into the air and shut it down before AFR's arrival," Aurora Fire Rescue officials said. "Once on scene, AFR's Hazardous Materials Team worked to evacuate the pool, monitor the air quality, and treat people who sustained injuries."

AFR spokesperson Shannon Hardy said the pool was closed shortly after due to imminent thunderstorms. It will remain closed for repairs.

Hardy said there were multiple patrons at a nearby gazebo as well but it is unclear where those injured were located at.

Denver Parks and Recreation outdoor pools opened today.

Meanwhile, the fire department offered tips for fire safety.

In the mix: Swim where lifeguards are present.

Only swim with a buddy and don't allow people to do so alone.

Kids need constant supervision, no matter how well they can swim.

No distractions. No cell phones.

Don't trust kids to keep other kids safe and don't leave them near water without supervision.

"Teach children always to ask permission to go near water and designate a 'water watcher' whenever in a group setting," the department suggested.

What do you do if the water turns toxic? Get out.

Stephanie Rivera contributed to this report.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story misstated the location of the chemical leak. The hazardous material leaked into the air. The story has been updated with more information from Aurora Fire Rescue.

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