Taiwan on Fire

Hundreds engulfed in flames in Taiwan water park as colored powder suddenly ignited as it was sprayed into the crowd during  ‘Color Play Asia’ dance and music event at the Formosa Fun Coast water park, just outside the capital of Taipei, Taiwan.

  • At least 500 injured.
  • 183 of the injured were now in intensive care units at local hospitals.
  • 8 people had life-threatening injuries.
  • Some victims reportedly suffered burns over 40% of their bodies as they ran through the falling flames.
  • The worst of the injured were two young women with burns over 80% of their bodies
  • Lee Pei-yun, 20, who sustained 90 percent burns on her body, was pronounced dead at Taichung’s Chung Shan Hospital in central Taiwan after her mother agreed to stop the treatment provided to her daughter. Lee’s 12-year-old brother was also hospitalized with 80 percent burns. Both were standing close to the stage when the fireball erupted.

Color events, like last Saturday’s event at the Taipei water park, are gaining in popularity, with more and more of such similar ones taking place around the globe. They typically involve colored powder, known as “Holi” powder, being thrown onto participants. This explosion and fire was caused by color powder sprayed on the partygoers . It could have been due to the heat of the lights on the stage that ignited the fire and there were too many people smoking at the scene or it could be “Made in China” !!

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