Date
24 July 2017
Hundreds were injured in a fire that ignited colored powder sprayed on the crowd in New Taipei on Saturday. Photos: Apple Daily, Reuters
Hundreds were injured in a fire that ignited colored powder sprayed on the crowd in New Taipei on Saturday. Photos: Apple Daily, Reuters

HK mulls ban on colored powder after 500 hurt in New Taipei fire

Hong Kong is considering banning the use of colored powder spray in public events after about 500 people were injured in an explosion at a party at an amusement park in New Taipei City over the weekend.

Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said concerned government agencies will discuss whether to tighten regulations on the use of the powder, which is sprayed in the air to enhance the party atmosphere, following the accident, Ming Pao Daily reported on Monday.

More than 500 people sustained serious burns and injuries after a fire on stage ignited colored powder sprayed on the crowd at a party at Formosa Fun Coast in Bali, New Taipei City in northern Taiwan on Saturday night.

Among those injured were five women from Hong Kong who were attending what was billed as the biggest “color play” party in Asia. Two of them were still in critical condition.

The accident has put Hong Kong authorities on alert. Two local events — a music party called “Life in Color” scheduled to be held on July 25 and a charity race called “The Color Run” set for Dec. 6. — will feature the use of colored powder sprayed on the crowds.

Life in Color organizers downplayed the possibility that a similar accident could occur in the event, saying they use liquid colors which are not inflammable. Organizers of The Color Run, in which runners are sprayed with colored powder, didn’t comment.

Facebook pages for the two events had messages calling for their cancellation and refund for those who had already bought tickets.

A spokesman for AsiaWorld-Expo, the venue of the two events, said it will discuss with organizers what measures to take in the wake of the Taiwan incident.

The Fire Services Department is calling for a meeting with the organizers of the two events.

A former consultant to the department called for a ban on the use of colored powder in public events.

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