At least 160 in­jured in wa­ter park fire

At least 70 se­ri­ously in­jured, dust ex­plo­sion pos­si­ble cause

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

Around 160 peo­ple were in­jured when a sus­pected dust ex­plo­sion caused a fire at a theme park yesterday in one of the big­gest ac­ci­dents in New Taipei City in re­cent history.

Fire broke out at 8:40 p.m. on a stage and spread across the sur­round­ing area at the wa­ter park in­side the Formosa Fun Coast in Bali, New Taipei. Ac­cord­ing to some lo­cal media out­lets, the park was hold­ing what it billed as the big­gest “color party” in Asia when the ac­ci­dent took place. Sim­i­lar events, in which pow­der of var­ied hues is spread on revel­ers, have been gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity in Tai­wan in re­cent years.

Around 200 revel­ers were present at the scene when the fire broke out. At 11 p.m., 160 peo­ple were re­ported to have suf­fered from burns and scald­ing, with 70 suf­fer­ing from se­ri­ous in­juries. Ca­ble news chan­nel TVBS re­ported that one per­son showed no life signs.

The news chan­nel quoted wit­nesses at the scene as sug­gest­ing that many at the cen­ter of the fire were not able to flee as peo­ple on the pe­riph­ery were un­aware of the blast as vis­i­bil­ity was re- duced by heavy col­ored pow­der hov­er­ing in the air. Many of the revel­ers were wear­ing swim­suits or thin cloth­ing at the time, ex­pos­ing their skin to the fire.

Re­spon­der Over­whelmed by

High In­jury Num­ber

The large num­ber of the in­jured over­whelmed first re­spon­ders. Dozens of peo­ple were wait­ing for treat­ment at the theme park hours af­ter the fire even though fire de­part­ments in New Taipei and Taipei had dis­patched more than 70 am­bu­lances to the scene. Some vic­tims had to drive to the hos­pi­tals on their own while oth­ers poured wa­ter on their wounds to re­lieve the pain while wait­ing.

The New Taipei Fire Depart­ment dis­patched dozens of fire trucks and other first re­sponse ve­hi­cles to the scene, ex­tin­guish­ing the fire around 9 p.m.

Fire­fight­ers have yet to de­ter­mine the cause of the blast. Lo­cal media sug­gested that a dust ex­plo­sion — the sud­den ig­ni­tion of a mix­ture of air and con­cen­tra­tions of com­bustible fine par­ti­cles — could have been the cause.

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu ar­rived at the fire scene last night. As of press time, the New Taipei City gov­ern­ment had for­mally re­quested the Taipei City gov­ern­ment and the mil­i­tary for as­sis­tance.

In­jured revel­ers wait for treat­ment at the wa­ter park at Formosa Fun Coast in New Taipei City. A fire dur­ing a color party in­jured more than 160 peo­ple yesterday.

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