Harmful, Dangerous Chemical Leak Occurs Near Popular California Theme Park

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A dangerous chemical leak occurred less than two miles from Knott’s Berry Farm theme park. Government and law enforcement officials are working hard to contain the leak. Here’s what you need to know.

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Knott’s Berry Farm – Harmful and Dangerous Chemical Leak Exposes Orange County in California

Less than two miles from Knott’s Berry Farm theme park in Orange County, California, a poisonous and dangerous ammonia leak has just occurred, leaving nearly a dozen people hospitalized. According to a breaking news report from KTLA5, high ammonia levels at an industrial facility in Buena Park leaked out this morning as law enforcement officials and government officials attempted to contain the leak.

According to KTLA5, Orange County Fire Authority crews were called to the building in the early morning hours to the block of 6500 Cabellero Boulevard. Thankfully, the facility was quickly evacuated without the authorities understanding what the employees had been exposed to.

This commercial park is located less than two miles from Knott’s Berry Park theme park and resulted in about a dozen workers being decontaminated and assisted by paramedics on the scene. Out of those dozen, eleven were transported to a nearby hospital and are said to be in stable condition, according to authorities. There is no reason as to the cause of this harmful ammonia leak, but an investigation is currently being conducted.

For those looking to visit the theme park today or tonight should be made aware of this chemical leak and keep in mind that:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that exposure to airborne ammonia can result in skin, eye, throat, and lung irritation, leading to symptoms such as coughing and burns. In severe cases, when individuals are exposed to extremely high concentrations, it can potentially lead to lung damage and, in the most extreme instances, even fatalities.

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Visiting This Theme Park and What You Can Expect

Knott’s Berry Farm, situated at 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620, is a beloved and timeless theme park that blends thrilling rides, vintage charm, and renowned fried chicken. Additionally, it boasts a range of amenities and features, including:

  • Live performances encompassing dance and theater
  • An onsite bar
  • Indoor and outdoor sit-down restaurants
  • Wheelchair-accessible restroom facilities
  • Ample wheelchair-accessible parking options

Compared to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm typically offers a more budget-friendly admission fee, with costs varying depending on the time of your visit. While Knott’s Berry Farm spans 57 acres, which is smaller than Disneyland’s 100 acres, it compensates for more rides and attractions.

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A day at the theme park is generally sufficient to explore its main highlights, and efficient planning can allow you to experience everything within this timeframe. For families with children aged two and under, admission is free. Here are some additional points to keep in mind when visiting:

  • Admission to Mrs. Knott’s restaurant is separate from theme park admission.
  • Guests can bring unopened and empty water bottles, baby food, and food for individuals with specific dietary needs.
  • External food, beverages, or snacks are not allowed inside the park.
  • Parking lots open approximately one hour before the theme park’s opening time.
  • The Metered Lot adjacent to the California Marketplace offers complimentary parking for up to 1 hour, with subsequent half-hour increments incurring a $10 fee and a maximum daily charge of $60.
  • A $60 fee applies for all lost parking tickets.

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