The incident is the worst mass injury in New Taipei City’s history, Xinhua said.
Taipei has sweltered in temperatures exceeding 30C in recent weeks.
Another injured man said: “There was blood and people were on fire”.
The exact cause has not been determined, and police were questioning the head of the park.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said the mainland authorities expressed sympathy for the injured cross-Strait compatriots, and hope they can receive timely and proper treatment to get well soon. “It might have been supplies for a whole year”. The powder at Saturday’s party was made in Taiwan, Chou said.
Formosa Fun Coast Water Park has been closed until further notice.
More than 500 people have been injured following an explosion at a water park outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei after coloured powder being sprayed onto a crowd ignited.
“The reason why the burns were so severe was that in addition to burns to the skin, there were also injuries caused by burns to the respiratory organs from the large amount of colour powder inhaled”, Lee Lih-jong, deputy chief of the health bureau of the New Taipei City government, told AFP. Both the organizers and the people in charge of special effects at the party have reportedly been interrogated by the police following the incident and handed over to prosecutors. They described the scene as inferno, as many were seen screaming in pain as they were overwhelmed by the fire.
An accidental explosion of an unknown powder set off the fire near the stage in front of about 1,000 spectators, said Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison officer with the New Taipei City fire department command centre.
“We are very sorry about what happened and we will investigate the cause to find out who is responsible”, Eric Chu, the mayor of New Taipei City, where the park is located, said on Saturday, adding that it had been ordered to shut down.
The fire was quickly brought under control after its eruption. He said the right and left sides of the stage were blocked.
The wounded are spread across 43 hospitals, and Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare is looking for help to replenish their dwindling stock of medical supplies and skin grafts.
The Taiwanese website wantchinatimes.com reported that at least 13 foreign nationals were among those injured. All of them have been released on bail and are barred from leaving the country.
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