HIGHLAND PARK (KDKA) – The Highland Park pool will reopen this afternoon, 24 hours after a chlorine leak forced the pool to close.

An issue with a chlorine canister Thursday caused a dangerous problem.

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It happened around noon, before the pool was open for the day, workers were moving chlorine canisters when the top of one snapped off, causing a major leak.

The canisters are roughly 5 feet tall and hold about 100 pounds of liquid chlorine.

Once the chlorine hits the air, it turns to gas and can become deadly.

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Police blocked off the area around the pool yesterday so hazmat crews could clean up.

“They put their special suits in there, they did what they had to do to secure the tank … so it wasn’t leaking anymore,” said Pittsburgh Operations Chief Guy Costa. “We have four employees on scene at the time. One employee had a minor injury to her hand, she was moving the canister, so the good thing is we had no serious injuries here.”

The question remains as to why the canister opened in the first place.

That question should be answered after the manufacturer comes to the pool today to investigate.


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