Flammable col­ored pow­der banned in fire’s af­ter­math


Premier Mao Chi-kuo ( ) yesterday an­nounced a na­tion­wide ban on flammable col­ored dust events in the af­ter­math of the tragic wa­ter park fire on June 27 at the event “Color Play Asia,” with other gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies sim­i­larly an­nounc­ing pro­hi­bi­tions.

The gov­ern­ment has formed a re­sponse team to in­ves­ti­gate the dust ex­plo­sion, with Mao hav­ing is­sued or­ders to re­lated gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies. The Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare is in charge of tal­ly­ing up the num­bers of peo­ple af­fected and in­jured; the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is to fol­low up on stu­dents’ coun­sel­ing as many of the event at­ten­dees were stu­dents, while the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs will be re­spon­si­ble for for­eign na­tion­als in­jured in the ex­plo­sion.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, the Min­istry of the In­te­rior (MOI) is­sued ban reg­u­la­tions to lo­cal gov­ern­ments through a state­ment yesterday. Since New Taipei City’s no­tice last night at 8:41 p.m., the MOI had ac­ti­vated the “emer­gency man­age­ment mea­sures” to com­bat the ac­ci­den­tal ex­plo­sion.

Mao also re­as­sured the public that there is suf­fi­cient sup­ply of re­sources for skin trans­plants. Na­tion­wide health in­sti­tu­tions, as­so­ci­a­tions such as the Tai­wan So­ci­ety of Plas­tic Surgery and the Tai­wan So­ci­ety for Burn In­juries and Wound Heal­ing, have also do­nated skin from South­ern Tai­wan to hos­pi­tals in the north, said Mao.

Chu and Ko Re­spond

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu ( ) and Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) also an­nounced strict bans on col­ored dust-us­age at public events in the fu­ture.

Chu an­nounced that the gov­ern­ment will not only as­sume full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the ac­ci­dent, but will also con­duct rig­or­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mat­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to Chu, health care in­sti­tu­tions have be­come front­line emer­gency con­trol cen­ters, trans­fer­ring the max­i­mum man­power to han­dle the over­whelm­ing num­ber of in­jured peo­ple, and to pre­pare equip­ment for burn-re­lated in­juries and vol­un­teers to help the in­jured.

Chu has also banned any simi- lar events in ar­eas un­der the New Taipei City’s ju­ris­dic­tion. Fur­ther dis­cus­sions with the Na­tional Fire Agency of the MOI will be held to lay down the ground­work for stricter reg­u­la­tions and the man­age­ment of sim­i­lar events.

Res­cue op­er­a­tion sys­tems will face re-eval­u­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to Chu, from am­bu­lances, health care and traf­fic flow to sup­port sys­tems.

For Taipei City, Ko slapped a tem­po­rary ban on col­ored dus­tusage at events, with flammable pow­der com­pletely pro­hib­ited in the fu­ture.

Ko had been at­tend­ing a cam­paign­ing event for Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Tainan City Coun­cilor Wang Ding-yu ( ), where he fielded ques­tions on the pow­der ex­plo­sion.

The Taipei City mayor said that all us­age of pow­der at any events will be tem­po­rary banned un­til they can clar­ify which mea­sures needed re­vi­sion. Should there be any more dust-re­lated events in the fu­ture, Ko went on, events should only use in­flammable pow­der.


Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou shakes hands with a pa­tient who is suf­fer­ing in­juries from the dust ex­plo­sion at Taipei Vet­er­ans Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, yesterday. Over 500 peo­ple suf­fered burn-re­lated in­juries from the pow­der ex­plo­sion at a pop­u­lar wa­ter park in New Taipei City on Satur­day, June 27.

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