Chemical on eastern MI slide that burned 2 kids identified

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LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Police say a laboratory has identified the substance left on a slide at a municipal park in eastern Michigan that burned two children.

The Lapeer Police Department says the chemical was identified as sodium hydroxide, which is used in a variety of household cleaning products.

Police say a 1½-year-old boy got the substance on his legs while going down the slide at Cramton Park in downtown Lapeer on Aug. 2, and a 14-year-old girl who went to help him also got some on her legs.

Police say both went to a local hospital, and the toddler was transferred to the burn unit at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

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