Number of injuries exceeds 500 in Taiwan water park fire

About 500 people were injured while partying at an amusement park outside Taiwan's capital, Taipei, after sudden explosion

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

After the explosion at a water park outside the city’s capital, Taipei, the number of injuries rises to 519.

“The blaze, which broke out around 8.30 p.m. at the Formosa Fun Coast waterpark on the outskirts of the capital, Taipei, is suspected to have been caused by an explosion of the coloured powder,” local government official Lin Chieh-yu, told Reuters.

"It remains under investigation as to what made the powder explode," he added.

No deaths were reported as officials began an investigation regarding the cause of the explosion,suspected to because of colored powder,sprayed on the dancing partyers as part of the entertainment.

Rescue workers immediately treated the injured, mostly at the ages of 20 and 30.

According to secretary in chief of Luzhou District police department,Tu Yi Te, five people have been suspected of having a tie with the explosion.

Tu said the organizer of the party and the person responsible of lighting and hardware were among those suspected.

The suspects were brought for further questioning and released on bail, barred from leaving the country.

City mayor Eric Chu called it the "worst incident of mass injury (ever) in New Taipei.”

The amusement park has been closed temporarily and the use of the coloured powder has been forbidden until the investigation is fully completed.

TRTWorld and agencies