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Chesterfield details cause of pool incident that prompted hazmat response

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A pump malfunction was the cause of a hazmat incident at a Harpers Mill community pool Wednesday, the Chesterfield Fire Marshal’s Office said Friday.

Fire and emergency personnel responded to the 8600 block of Pullman Road at around 11:20 a.m., after dispatchers had received reports of a strange odor and children at the pool feeling ill.

Emergency crews used clean water to rinse and decontaminate 25 to 30 people who had been in the pool, officials said. Four children and an adult were taken to a hospital by ambulance while 11 others transported themselves, according to emergency officials. No serious injuries were reported.

A malfunction allowed a more-than-normal amount of a pool chemical to enter the pumping system, causing the problem, the fire marshal’s office said Friday. Pool staff followed all proper procedures.

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