A ruptured pipe caused muriatic acid to spill poolside at a Corona park today, leading to a hazardous materials cleanup and the temporary closure of a building.
The leak was reported around noon adjacent to the pool at the City Park, 930 E. Sixth St.
According to Corona Fire Department spokeswoman Lynn Mata, a pipe connected to a 700-gallon drum filled with muriatic acid was accidentally punctured by a city employee working at the location.
An unknown quantity of the chemical, which is often used in cleaning solutions, collected next to the pool, which was closed at the time, Mata said, adding that the city employee got a spot of acid on his skin but was not injured.
She said two engine crews and the fire department’s hazardous materials team — numbering around a dozen personnel — were summoned and immediately contained the minor spill.
As a precaution, authorities requested that children in the nearby YMCA remain “shelter in place” until their parents could retrieve them, Mata said.
Firefighters began clearing the scene around 3:30 p.m. and turned the cleanup operation over to a private contractor, according to Mata.