Party fire­ball claims life

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A SEC­OND young vic­tim has died af­ter be­ing en­gulfed by a fire­ball that in­jured nearly 500 peo­ple at a Tai­wan “colour party”, as or­gan­is­ers face charges af­ter plumes of dec­o­ra­tive pow­der ig­nited.

Stu­dent Liu Chih- wei, 19, suf­fered burns to al­most his en­tire body in the dis­as­ter, which saw crowds of young rev­ellers over­taken by flames af­ter be­ing sprayed with clouds of mul­ti­coloured corn starch at last Satur­day night’s event.

Mr Liu died in the early hours yesterday, doc­tors said.

Another vic­tim, 20- year- old Lee Pei- yun, who had suf­fered 90 per cent burns, died on Mon­day.

About 1000 spec­ta­tors had at­tended Satur­day’s Colour Play Asia event at the Formosa Fun Coast wa­ter park, just out­side the cap­i­tal Taipei. More than 200 suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and are be­ing treated across 43 hos­pi­tals.

Three sus­pects were re­leased on bail late on Sun­day as pros­e­cu­tors in­ves­ti­gate them on charges of of­fences against public safety and neg­li­gence caus­ing se­vere in­juries.

Author­i­ties have spec­u­lated that heat from stage light­ing or cig­a­rettes could have ig­nited the corn starch.

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