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Wild Adventures reopens after acid spill

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Wild Adventures officials are still working to figure out how 220 gallons of acid spilled behind the water park. For the first time ever, the entire park shut down yesterday because of a non-weather related situation.

Around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday morning 220 gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled behind Splash Island. Multiple emergency crews responded including the city of Valdosta's hazmat team. They were there until 5:30 p.m. last night cleaning up the chemical that is used to control chlorine levels in the water.

"In no way did the spill get into the water that people swim in. It was all contained in the back in that building," said Director of Safety and Security, Terry Turner

But as a precaution officials decided to close the park's gates. Turner says they received a delivery of the acid yesterday and it was fork lifted into a containment building. "The people that loaded it left. Everything looked great at that point in time. And what were looking into is how the container fell over."

Some park guests say they're glad officials made the call to close the park down. "Thankfully they took the right measures, closed the park down to help our family and friends and thankfully nobody was hurt," said park goer, Krystal Wood.

"We look forward to families coming the rest of the summer and enjoying the water park," said Turner.

Guests at the park yesterday and those who were turned away were given a free one day pass.

Officials say a small amount of the acid spilled on the ground of the park, but the majority of it was contained inside the building where it's housed.

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