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Organiser charged over Taiwan theme park fire that killed 12

Published 16/10/2015

Emergency rescue workers and concert goers are seen tending to injured victims from an explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park Taiwan (AP)
Emergency rescue workers and concert goers are seen tending to injured victims from an explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park Taiwan (AP)

The organiser of a party in Taiwan at which 12 people were killed and hundreds injured by exploding powder has been indicted on charges including negligent homicide.

The indictment recommends a heavy sentence for Lu Chung-chi if convicted over the July 27 disaster at the Formosa Fun Coast theme park in a suburb of the island's capital, Taipei.

Lu was arrested soon after the incident at the Colour Play Asia party.

The starchy, coloured powder was blasted into the crowd and ignited by what investigators believe may have been a spark or cigarette.

About 500 people were injured, including victims from Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China and the US.

The charges in the indictment also include causing injury and serious injury through professional negligence.

Lu has apologised and accepted responsibility for his role in the deaths and injuries.

The Taiwanese manufacturer of the powder said it had no knowledge of its intended use and said it posed a risk of igniting if densely applied at high temperature.

The park was ordered closed after the disaster and the island's premier banned the use of such powder at future events.

In recent years, "colour parties" have grown popular in many countries, inspired by the use of such powder by revellers during Hindus' annual Holi celebrations in India and Nepal.

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