Taiwan water park fire: Party organiser jailed for negligence

The organiser of water park party in Taiwan, where a fireball caused by igniting paint powder killed 15 people, has been found guilty of negligence.

Most of the victims of the 27 June disaster were young people, some of whom suffered burns to 40% of their bodies.

Lu Chung-chi, the owner of Colour Play Asia, was jailed for four years and 10 months.
Taiwanese media said Lu could appeal against the conviction.
More than 500 people were also injured at Formosa Water Park outside Taipei when the coloured powder, which was being sprayed over the crowd, caught fire.

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Video footage from the day showed people dancing in front of a stage and cheering as clouds of green and yellow powder covered them. The powder abruptly burst into flames, engulfing partygoers in an inferno with no way of escaping.

Investigators found the corn starch powder had come into contact with intensely hot stage lighting, setting it on fire.