Kalahari water park closed after metal duct fell, injuring five people

HURON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WTVG) - Five people are recovering after a large, metal duct fell from the ceiling at Kalahari.

According to Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth, several sections of the duct came down.

Emergency crews rushed two people to an area hospital, three others refused treatment, according to Sigsworth. Authorities say those hurt suffered minor injuries.

Kalahari shut down its water part following the incident. The rest of the facility remained open Monday afternoon.

Several police officers and firefighters in Erie County responded to the scene around 1:00pm Monday. Engineers were called to assess the situation after the duct, measuring about three feet in diameter, fell.

A spokesperson for Kalahari released this statement to 13abc:

"Kalahari Resorts & Conventions’ top priority is the safety and security of our guests. Earlier this afternoon, there was an isolated incident in the indoor waterpark where a piece of HVAC ductwork fell from the ceiling. At this time, we know that three guests and two associates sustained minor injuries. The guests declined transport and the associates were voluntarily transported for medical care and treated and released. Kalahari’s extensive and thorough safety protocols assisted in identifying the issue and evacuating the waterpark immediately. The waterpark is currently closed, as engineers, staff and officials are on site conducting an investigation to determine what caused the break. The waterpark will re-open when all safety regulations are not only met, but exceeded."