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Premier announces ban on color powder events (update)

Premier announces ban on color powder events (update)

Taipei, June 28 (CNA)
Premier Mao Chi-kuo announced Sunday a ban on the use of color powder in public events until its safety has been fully assessed. Mao made the announcement to reporters after visiting victims at National Taiwan University Hospital.
He said he is shocked and in grief over the incident, and stressed that the Executive Yuan will set up a special task force to handle the treatment and rehabilitation of the injured.
The ban came a day after flammable powder sprayed onto the crowd at a water park party exploded and engulfed partygoers in fire.
As of Sunday noon, 519 had been reported injured, 194 of whom were in critical condition.
Also Sunday, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu announced that all color powder activities are now banned in New Taipei.
He promised a stringent investigation and said the city government will also conduct a thorough review of its disaster response and rescue system.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Interior has demanded that all local governments ban the use of color powder, effective immediately.
(By Tang Pei-chun, Wang Hung-kuo and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-23 05:50 GMT+08:00