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Video footage shows lead-up to fiery blast at water park

Video footage shows lead-up to fiery blast at water park

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Video images that surfaced Tuesday showed the moments before a fireball engulfed young revelers at a New Taipei City water park last Saturday, killing one person and injuring about 500. The footage, obtained from an onstage camera, is expected to help determine the circumstances that led to the ignition of colored cornstarch powder during a show at the water park. In the video, two workers are seen on the stage, using CO2 canisters to spray colored powder into the dancing crowd. At one point, a streak of flames flared above the stage, on the right side, then shrank somewhat after about 6 seconds. A stage worker then began to spray the flames with a fire extinguisher, causing a second ignition as the blast of air from the extinguisher kicked up more colored powder. Other eyewitness accounts indicated a similar mishap, where a secondary flare up had occurred as a man rushed to pull a woman from the flames, kicking up colored dust as he ran. The stage worker, surnamed Shen (?), said that he had used the fire extinguisher in an attempt to douse the flames that had engulfed a person who was running towards him from the dance floor. Shen was questioned by the Shihlin Prosecutors Office, who cleared him of any charges relating to criminal negligence causing bodily harm. However, he has been placed under house arrest and is listed as a key witness. As of Tuesday, 393 of the approximately 500 people injured in the fire were still hospitalized, with 221 being treated in intensive care units, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. One of the burn victims died Monday. (By Sunrise Huang and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-17 09:59 GMT+08:00