11 Children Suffered Chemical Burns, Breathing Troubles at Indiana Water Park: Health Department

Nearly a dozen children suffered injuries after visiting a northwest Indiana water park this month, health department officials said.

Eleven kids had either chemical burns or breathing problems following a trip to the Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland in Porter two weeks ago, the Porter County Health Department confirmed. 

The Northwest Indiana Times reported the Porter County Health Department shut down the park for not having proper permits and inspections.

The health department told the publication the park opened without necessary permits, proper inspections and water samples, adding that it had no chlorine feeder in operation at the time.

The Porter Fire Department said it was contacted last week for reports of a possible issue with high levels of chemicals at the water park that may have caused injuries.

“To check for any immediate danger to the public a spot check was conducted,” the fire department wrote in Facebook post.

The department said it referred the matter to the Porter County Health Department.

Health Department Administrator Keith Letta said the park was closed until it can pass an inspection and “get equipment up and running.”

Seven Peaks Resort, which also has three parks in Utah, could not immediately be reached for comment on the matter.

A message at Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland, however, notes the park is “temporarily closed for maintenance.”

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