At least 20 children sickened by chlorine exposure at metro Atlanta pool

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Multiple children were sickened and several were taken to the hospital after being exposed to chlorine at a pool in Cumming Wednesday afternoon.

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Emergency crews were called to the Swim Atlanta on Post Road in Forsyth County around 4:45 p.m.

Crews found around 20 children of various ages and several adults who had gotten sick in one of the pools and immediately began triaging them in what they called a mass casualty and hazardous material incident.

The children were experiencing symptoms including vomiting, trouble breathing and burning in their eyes.


Four children younger than ten were taken to the hospital via ambulance. At least two other children were taken to the hospital by their parents.

Initial reports to 911 indicated that a large amount of chlorine had accidentally been introduced into one of the pools “in a very concentrated and quick manner.” The air was also tested and showed an elevated level of chlorine.

Nearby businesses were told to shelter-in-place as a precaution.

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Emergency crews were on scene for about two hours. The children’s current conditions have not been released.

The full cause of the spill is still being investigated.