More than 200 injured in freak fire accident at Taiwan theme park

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More than 200 people were injured in a fire that reportedly occurred when flammable powder exploded during an event at a theme park in Taiwan.

According to reports, authorities said the fire broke out on Saturday evening near a performance stage, where about 1,000 people were gathered for a party.

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Video footage of the incident was posted online shortly after the event, showing powder being sprayed over the heads of those gathered in the crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=51&v=R7TSqFNmMmw

As the powder was sprayed, it appeared to ignite, causing hundreds of people to run away after their clothes caught fire.

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Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison with the fire department command center, said 83 people suffered serious injuries, while 131 others were also hurt. The injured were rushed to hospitals, according to local fire officials.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported the fire at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, near the island’s capital, was quickly brought under control.

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It was not clear if the powder was being used as part of a performance. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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