(WJLA/AP) - Authorities say a construction worker and a D.C. firefighter were injured in a chemical spill at Wilson Aquatic Center in northwest D.C., prompting an evacuation of adjacent Wilson High School as well.
Fire department spokesman Tim Wilson Hydrochloric, or muriatic, acid spilled at the aquatic center Wednesday morning when the pipe the construction worker was working on ruptured. He was taken to an area hospital, reportedly in serious condition.
Wilson High School, which is next door to the aquatic center, was not affected, but was evacuated as a precaution. Officials say students and staff were taken to Deal Middle School nearby and then sent home because it was not yet safe for them to return to their school.