By: Paige Tsai, Chen Wei-ting, Yu Kai-hsiang and Y.F. Low
Taipei, April 26 (CNA) The organizer of a party in New Taipei last June during which nearly 500
people were injured in a dust explosion was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months in prison Tuesday. Fifteen of the victims later died of their injuries.
Lu Chung-chi (呂忠吉), the head of the local firm that organized the Color Play Asia party at the Formosa Fun Coast (八仙樂園) water park in the city’s Bali District on June 27, 2015, was found guilty of negligence causing death and injury.
Duty lawyers representing the victims expressed regret at the light sentence handed down on Lu and said they will decide whether to request prosecutors to appeal the case after discussing the details with the victims’ families.
The blast occurred when colored cornstarch powder used for party effects exploded and burst into flames, engulfing partygoers in fire. [FULL STORY]