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Police investigating chemical poured on slide at Las Vegas park

LAS VEGAS -- Temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s this weekend and families are racing to the park for fun in the sun.

However, there is a warning for parents in the northwest part of the valley, after Metro Police responded to a call about a chemical dumped on a slide and a little boy who was injured.

According to police, officers responded to Centennial Hills Park at around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Police say someone had poured a chemical onto the slide and the empty bottle was found next to it. The report also said a child had a bad reaction to the chemical.

Parents reached out to 8 News NOW on social media to report the child suffered chemical burns, but is expected to be okay.

On Friday, kids were slipping down the two remaining open slides.

"It is a place for them to run and play and I take them to the park to run and play and tire him out so I can get a nap," Morgan Blanc, the mother of 2-year-old Gavin, said.

Blanc knows most of the playground dangers.

"Falling, climbing where he is not supposed to, running where he can get hurt in the bushes or in the rocks," Blanc said.

Morgan could have never guessed she would see bars, chains, and caution tape on a child's slide at Centennial Hills Park.

"My little sisters were just sliding down the slide. I didn't go on the one with the caution tape but I thought it was just because it was under repair or something, not because somebody poured chemicals down it," mom Arielle Brooks said.

At a place where kids feel free, parents only sense fear.

"Makes you scared to even take your kids to the park because you don't know like what is going on," Brooks said. "I just want to know what is wrong with people that would make them want to harm a child like that."

The city of Las Vegas says it is looking into the incident. To report a crime at a park:

  • Las Vegas: (702) 229-3223
  • Henderson: (702) 267-4000
  • North Las Vegas: (702) 633-9111
  • Boulder City: (702) 293-9224
  • Mesquite: (702) 346-5262