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Twelve Children Exposed to Liquid Chlorine at Drew University Pool, Some Sent to Hospital


Morris County officials have announced that an incident occurred at a local pool that sent a number of children to the hospital.

According to officials at approximately 12:21 p.m., the Morris County Communications 911 Center received a 911 call reporting that approximately 12 juvenile patients were experiencing medical issues.

It was determined that these issues were a result of being exposed to a higher than normal concentration of liquid chlorine while they were in the pool area of Drew University located in Madison.

Officials said that the juveniles were taking part in a summer soccer program for children ages 10-17.

Initial reports indicated that some of the children were suffering from shortness of breath, difficulty speaking between breaths, nausea and general airway issues.

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management responded with Mobile Ambulance Bus, Ambulances and Mass Casualty Response Staff. Other local emergency response agencies assisted as well.

The patients were assessed in the Mobile Ambulance Bus and those that needed additional medical attention were transported to the Morristown Medical Center.

There is no further information available at this time.