Hundreds injured as powder explodes at Taiwan water park

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Authorities say a fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 400 people, many seriously.

Officials say an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder set off the fire near the stage in front of about 1,000 people.

Taiwan's Central News Agency reports more than 180 are in intensive care.

The stage caught fire at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City near the island's capital and was quickly brought under control.

Taiwan's Premier has now banned public activities that use the colored powder.


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