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More than 500 injured in Taipei fire


Taiwanese injured in a flash fire wait to be transferred to hospital at the Formosa Fun Coast park in the Bali District of New Taipei City, northern Taiwan, 27 June 2015. Photo: EPA

More than 500 people were injured when fire ripped through crowds at a party at an amusement park outside Taiwan's capital Taipei on 27 June.

The incident in a Taipei suburb touched off a fire along the ground of the Formosa Fun Coast, a water theme park where about 1,000 people were gathered for a privately organized party called Colour Play Asia.

Authorities say the blaze started when powder intended for festive lighting was accidentally ignited near the party stage according to VOA on 28 June.

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