WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Three guests have died during a swimming pool birthday party in Russia.
- The birthday celebrant, a Russian influencer poured kilos of dry ice into the pool for a show.
- People inside the pool have reportedly lost consciousness and went ill, not long after the dry ice was dumped into the pool.
At least three people have died after dry ice, which is basically C02 in solid form, was dumped into a swimming pool during a party in Russia. The reason? To create an “impressive steam show”.
Social Media Influencer, Ekaterina Didenko, who is known for giving money-saving tips about pharmaceutical products on Instagram, was celebrating her 29th birthday party on Friday, February 28th, at the Devyaty Val complex in Moscow, Russia.
Moscow Times reported that 32 years old Valentin Didenko, who is Ekaterina Didenko’s husband was one of the victims. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died. The other two people who died at the scene, are presumed to be in their late 20s.
It is believed that suffocation was the cause of death of the three victims. An investigation has been set following the incident.
BBC reported that on that same afternoon, Didenko took to social media and posted a video update to her fans about her husband, who was in an intensive care unit at the time. She appeared to be “shaken and distressed” in her video.
The University of Washington who had created guidelines on the safe usage of dry ice, said that carbon dioxide, especially in solid form, is an immense health risk for those handling it.
According to the guidelines, dry ice, as it sublimates into toxic CO2 above -109 °F (-78.33°C) causes severe frostbite on contact, and suffocation, especially in a closed space.
It says that “this releases potentially substantial volumes of CO2 (1 pound solid = 250 liters gas), which can displace oxygen quickly in the air around the dry ice, causing difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness and death.”
It is recommended by the university that everyone working with dry ice should wear proper safety gear, store it in a well-ventilated space at all times, and to never touch the dry ice with bare hands.