Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
Sometime before 8:30 pm last Saturday, the crowd at the Color Play Asia party at a New
Taipei water park found they were standing almost ankle-deep in a layer of colored dust that had accumulated in front of a stage.
No one thought it would be a problem — until the dust suddenly caught fire.
In the worst disaster of its kind in Taiwan’s history, nearly 500 people — most of them in their teens or twenties — were enveloped in an expanding fireball that turned a drained pool at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in New Taipei’s Bali district into an inferno.
As of Monday morning, 439 people remained hospitalized, 211 of them in intensive care units. One of the victims, a 20-year-old high school graduate, has died of the burns she received to 90% of her body, doctors said. [FULL STORY]