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Coloured powders at a festival creates a dust explosion

An unusual fire at the Formosa Fun Coast waterpark on the outskirts of the capital Taipei has hospitalized 43 people and injured 498 more.

Approximately 1000 people were dancing on Saturday night at an annual festival that included guest being sprayed in coloured powder as a special feature of the festival. A blaze, which broke out at around 8.30 p.m. at the water park is suspected to have been caused by an explosion of the coloured powder, local government officials say. The cause remains under investigation as to what made the powder explode Authorities have banned the use of the powder until the investigation is completed and its safety can be assured.

In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, rescuers treated hundreds of people, most of them aged between 20 and 30, who wore wet swimsuits and lay on inflatable plastic doughnuts.
No death has yet been reported, but victims suffered burns on limbs and torsos, with some passing out from the pain while others had burned clothes stuck to their skin, media reports and pictures showed.

Soldiers, army vehicles and medical services joined the rescue effort, while hospitals in four municipal precincts, along with Taipei, are treating sufferers.
The amusement park has been closed temporarily, it said on its website on Sunday. Yes

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