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71 sickened after possible chemical reaction at Ind. pool

Updated: June 21, 2012 6:26PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A possible chemical reaction at an Indianapolis pool sent 71 people to hospitals for treatment of symptoms, which included nausea, coughing and eye irritation, authorities said.

Indianapolis Fire Department spokesman Lt. Derrick Sayles said buses were used to transport some of the victims to hospitals after the incident at Garfield Park on the city’s south side. He says most people were in fair condition and would likely be released after treatment.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard went to the scene, and said the city would investigate to determine what caused the incident.

Shari Patton, whose three children were at the pool, described the incident to The Indianapolis Star as “one big acid explosion of chlorine, pretty much.”

Another mother, Jamie Rahmany, was in the baby pool with her son when lifeguards came through asking everyone to get out. Rahmany noticed children coughing.

“I just wanted to get to my kids,” she told the Star.

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