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Following a staff member incident, the Burlington Splash Pad was temporarily closed



Burlington, North Dakota – After a city employee had a fright at the splash pad on Monday, the splash pad in Burlington will be closed for the remainder of June and probably into next month.

Karter Lesmann, the chief of Burlington Rural Fire Department, reported receiving a call on Monday afternoon and hearing a garbled voice, but being able to make out the phrases “chemical” and “pad.”

He hurried to the location when the phone dropped and discovered that a maintenance worker had passed out.

Before an ambulance arrived, according to Lesmann, he performed life-sustaining procedures.

Although Lesmann claims city records indicate hydrochloric acid was one of the chemicals utilized on-site, it is now unclear exactly what happened.

“We got the individual sent off to the hospital. We, like I said, got it vented out, contained, everything isolated, so that the scene was safe and secure again,” said Lessman.

According to Lesmann, the employee has been healing at home.

At the pad, the electricity has been turned off.

He praised the neighborhood for its patience and stated that they have no plans to permanently close the pad.