Carlsbad Caverns Reopens After Chemical Smell Forced Them to Close

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Carlsbad Caverns is back open for business, two days after a chemical smell forced it to close.

Employees at the park reported headaches and other illnesses earlier this week because of heavy fumes coming from the elevator shafts.

Park officials say the fumes came from new railings in the elevators that had been cleaned by a contractor with a strong solvent.

To make sure everyone was safe, the park did air tests before letting visitors return.