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Taiwan Water Park Explosion: Cigarette Lit Sprayed Powder?

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Explosion site of the water park in Pali district, in New Taipei City, on June 28, 2015. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 29 Jun 2015 03:02 PM

The explosion at a Taiwan water park over the weekend that burned 498 people, killing one of them, may have been ignited by a cigarette butt, investigators believe.

The explosion at the Formosa Water Park occurred when a colored powder sprayed from the stage caught fire, causing burns to nearly half of the 1,000 people crowding around the stage during a party at the park, according to BBC News.

 


More than 400 people remained hospitalized on Monday, 202 of them in serious condition, reported The Associated Press. A 20-year-old woman died from burns covering 90 percent of her body after her family consented to taking her off life support. Her 12-year-old brother also is suffering from burns to 90 percent of his body.

Colored powder is often thrown on revelers during the annual Holi celebrations in India and Nepal, a Hindu festival.

“It's still not clear what happened, but there were a number of people smoking and the weather was warm,” said New Taipei City news department head Lin Chieh-yu.

Video footage of the explosion showed mass panicking and screaming while inflatable water toys were used as stretchers to carry out the victims, many of whom had lost their skin entirely to the flames, reported BBC News.

“There was blood everywhere, including in the pool where lots of the injured were soaking themselves for relief from the pain,” said one male student who suffered minor burns.

The water park had been leased for the party and Taiwan police recommended that Lu Chung-chi, the organizer, face charges of professional neglect and public endangerment, along with the stage hardware technician and the person who shot off the flammable colored powder, said the AP.

The seller of the starch-based powder used at the water park said the buyer was aware of the risk of fire.

“We are very regretful (for) this accident that caused injuries to many victims,” said a Formosa Fun Coast statement, according to CNN. “The most urgent matter currently for us is to handle and assist with ... victims on the scene and work comprehensively with the New Taipei Fire Department.”

Eric Chu, the mayor of New Taipei City, ordered Formosa to shut down operations immediately during the continued investigation, BBC News reported.

 



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