Over 500 Injured in Taiwan Water Park Blast


Taipei: The number of people injured in a fire at a Taiwan water amusement park rose to 516 on Sunday, government officials said, with more than 180 still in intensive care.

Media reported four mainland Chinese and two foreigners were among those injured after Saturday’s fire, during a party where up to 1,000 revellers were sprayed with coloured powder as they danced to music, seeking to escape the summer heat.

The blaze, which broke out around 8.30 pm at the Formosa Fun Coast water park on the outskirts of the capital, Taipei, is suspected to have been caused by an explosion of the powder, local government official Lin Chieh-yu said.

“It remains under investigation as to what made the powder explode,” he added, however. Authorities have banned the use of the powder until the investigation is completed.