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Dust explosion in water park under investigation: deputy mayor

Dust explosion in water park under investigation: deputy mayor

Taipei, June 28 (CNA)
An initial investigation into the disaster at Formosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei's Bali District Saturday evening has found the cause to be a dust explosion, but the cause of the explosion has yet to be determined, New Taipei Deputy Mayor Hou Yu-ih said Sunday.
The source of the explosion is known but the cause of the fire needs to be found, whether it was caused by the lighting system or smoking or something else, said Hou.
According to the investigation, workers of the "Color Play Asia" party sprayed colored corn starch into the air above the audience and participants also sprayed corn starch to make special stage effects. There were about 1,000 participants in an area of some 1,653 square meters when the explosion happened at about 8:30 p.m., according to the investigation.
Some 516 people were injured, many of whom received severe burns, with 194 currently listed as being in serious condition.
The authorities have ordered the park closed until further notice. The "Color Play Asia" party was operated by a local company, and its head, Lu Chung-chi, has been questioned by prosecutors.
Chen Hui-ying, general manager of Formosa Fun Coast, said Sunday that the water park leased the venue to the party operator and that safety issues were the responsibility of the operator, according to the contract. (By Wang Hung-kuo and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-22 21:56 GMT+08:00