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(SPRING, TX.) – A chemical spill at a Texas water park has sent dozens of people to hospital, officials say.

The incident began around 2:30 p.m. at a kiddie pool at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, Texas, when a lifeguard and several guests began to fall ill, the Harris County judge told reporters, Lina Hidalgo.

The children and their parents were experiencing “breathing problems” and 28 of them were taken to hospitals, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office said.

After evacuating the park and performing preliminary air and water tests, investigators found that the water contained a chemical combination of 35% sulfuric acid and 10-13% bleach. Spring Texas Fire chief Scott Seifert told reporters. Chemicals are commonly used to clean and treat swimming pools.

More than 65 people were contaminated with the substance, however, no one suffered chemical burns, according to the Office of the Fire Marshal. Those affected have been decontaminated.

The most serious case involved a 3-year-old and as of Sunday the child was stable at the Texas Children’s Hospital, according to Hidalgo.

“Everyone was in a less urgent position,” she said. “Most people felt better afterwards. “

A park official said in a statement it is shutting down Hurricane Harbor Splashtown indefinitely as it works with health officials to determine the cause of the spill.

“The safety of our guests and our team members is always our top priority,” said Rosie Shepard, spokesperson for the park, in a statement.

The fire marshal said the park’s last fire and safety inspection was June 29 and Harris County Health Department conducted health and safety inspections for commercial swimming pools in April.

Hidalgo said the park is supposed to have systems to track the pH level in the water and quickly alert crews. However, she reiterated that the city will ensure that this does not happen again.

“If you can have over 60 people sick and your system doesn’t detect it… then clearly something is wrong with the system,” she said.

ABC News’s Timmy Truong contributed to this report.

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