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Nearly 200 Injured in Fire Explosion During Taiwan Concert: Reports

Fire Engulfs Teens at Taiwan Water Park 1:45

TAIPEI — About 200 people were injured after a fire suspected to have stemmed from the explosion of an unknown flammable powder occurred in a recreational park in northern Taiwan, local media reported on Saturday.

The fire broke out at the center of the stage when up to 1,000 people were having a color play party — a festival of dance and music where revelers are sprayed with clouds of colored powder. Footage from television stations showed flames reaching into the sky with some people running to escape.

Image: A person helps an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City
A person helps an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan, June 27, 2015. STRINGER/TAIWAN / Reuters

New Taipei City mayor Eric Chu told reporters that "178 people that have been injured have been sent to hospitals nearby. We are very sorry about what happened and we will investigate the cause to find out who is responsible."

"We have demanded the park shut down immediately for inspection," he said.

The number of injured could rise, local media said.