Children get rashes after visiting Sapulpa splash pad


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/04/2013 5:18 pm Published: 6/04/2013 3:34 pm


Parents are furious over a holiday trip to a local splash pad led to rashes on 17 children.

Parents told FOX23 the children all played in the splash pad off of Brown Street in Sapulpa on Memorial Day and got rashes that look like chemical burns.

The Gadd family said what was supposed to be a day of fun turned into a nightmare with painful consequences for their children.

"We got done and got in the car and my youngest, the little two-year-old, had what looked like almost chemical burns on her legs," said Sara Gadd.

Gadd told FOX23 that her daughter Madison cried all night long in pain.

Gadd tried to make the welts go away, having no idea what caused them.

“A bunch of different aloe vera gels and diaper creams trying to cover her as best as I could until we could figure out what was going on," she said.

Gadd began asking questions and realized her child's pain seemed to come from one source.

“The only thing that seemed to be in common was the fact that we had all taken our children to play in the water that weekend," she said.

FOX23 talked to the State Health Department and learned Sapulpa's splash pad re-circulates the water.

The water is held in a tank and filtered and chlorinated throughout the splash pad and then re-used again.

Gadd said she wants parents to take note of what happened to her child and be more cautious when taking their children to play in the water.

“This could potentially happen to other families and i don't want that to happen to anybody," said Gadd.


The Health Department said Sapulpa's drinking water and pools are completely safe. The water tank at the splash pad is separate from the main system.


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Unwashed Mass - 6/5/2013 1:51 PM
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Chemical burns. The doctor is an idiot prescribing antibiotics.

Mayor Maynot - 6/4/2013 5:29 PM
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Happy Memorial Day?? Just go out in the back yard and spray em off with the water hose!!!
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