Friday, February 12, 2016

Three kids shocked in Philly public pool


A city-owned pool was temporarily shuttered Friday afternoon after three children were reportedly shocked by an electrical current running through the water.

Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 1:15 p.m. to the O’Connor Pool at 2601 South St., Philadelphia Fire Executive Chief Peter Crespo said.

Responders cut electricity to the pool and notified the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Licenses & Inspections.

Medics rushed the three children to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Though their conditions were not immediately available, their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Crespo said.

“We’re currently investigating the cause of the electrical current,” he said. “Obviously, pools have filtration systems, pumps, and there is lighting surrounding the pool for nighttime activities and for security reasons.”

Officials with PECO and the Department of Parks and Recreation also responded to the scene. The pool was closed Friday afternoon as they continued to investigate.

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

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