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Volcano Bay water park briefly closes after reports of electric shocks

Universal Studios’ Volcano Bay water theme park closed early on Sunday due to a “technical issue” that sent employees to the hospital, and left some guests complaining about “electric shocks.”

“Yesterday we had some technical issues at Volcano Bay, a Universal spokesperson told Fox News.  As a result, we closed the park early while we worked to resolve this issue. Out of an abundance of caution, a small number of our team members were transported to the hospital and all were released and fine last night. We are back to regular park operation today.”

The Orlando Fire Department responded to a medical call received around 4:44 p.m. EDT Sunday, public information manager Ashley Papagni confirmed to USA TODAY.  “Four patients were transported to area hospitals.”

Universal Studios didn’t immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment clarifying what the source of the problem was.

Sarah Carlino, who was visiting with family from Boston, told The Orlando Sentinel her sisters reported feeling “zapped” on their feet as they walked around Volcano Bay around 11 or 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Carlino, 32, said she and her sisters weren’t taken seriously when they complained to a female manager, who “didn’t believe what we were saying.”

The lazy river near the aqua coaster was closed about 10 minutes later and the entire Volcano Bay park was closed later in the day.

Although Carlino said first responders cleared her sisters, she still expressed concern for other patrons, saying park officials “need to be held accountable. What if somebody had a pacemaker? Or there was a child?”

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