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Separate Chemical Leaks Send Multiple People To The Hospital

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On Friday, workers at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Eagan combined two different chemicals and sent six hotel employees to Regions Hospital. The day before, several Valleyfair visitors were taken to St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee due to a chlorine leak.

The hotel leak was described as a:

mixture of laundry chemicals, known as Destainer and Sour VII, produced enough phosgene gas to knock the maintenance worker to the ground and sicken two others nearby

The amusement park leak was:

According to a Valleyfair news release, staffers evacuated the water park, then reopened it when chlorine levels in the air and water were found to be normal.

A pump caused the strong smell when it refilled some pool water, Valleyfair spokesman Tom Memmen said. "For lack of a better analogy, it let out a sneeze," he said.

No one was critically injured. Both leaks were contained within one hour and are now investigating the cause of the leak.

Gas exposure can damage the eyes, skin, throat or lungs. If it should happen to you or your family immediate medical attention should be sought.