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Taiwan water park blast claims third victim

A 20-year-old male has succumbed to his injuries after suffering 50 per cent burns from a fireball that injured nearly 500 people at a Taiwan "colour party".

TAIPEI: A third victim died Monday (Jul 6) after being engulfed by a fireball that injured nearly 500 people at a Taiwan "colour party" on Jun 27. 

Chen Tien Shun, 20, suffered 50 per cent burns in the disaster, which saw crowds of young revellers overwhelmed by flames after being sprayed with clouds of multi-coloured corn starch at the event.

Chen's burns were mostly on his arms and legs. He was being treated at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou of Xinbei City, but his condition took a turn for the worse on Monday morning. 

Local media reported that Mr Chen went to the park along with five other childhood friends, and they are all being treated at intensive care units since the explosion. Currently, there are still nearly 300 people warded at intensive care units.

Around 1,000 spectators had attended the Color Play Asia event at the Formosa Fun Coast water park, just outside the capital Taipei. More than 200 suffered serious injuries and were being treated across 43 hospitals.

On Thursday, student Liu Chih-wei, 19, succumbed to his injuries after suffering 95 per cent burns. Another victim, 20-year-old Lee Pei-yun, who had suffered 90 per cent burns, died on Jun 29 - the first fatality.

Amateur footage showed partygoers dancing by a stage when the clouds of powder exploded into flames which swept through the crowd.

Some tried to douse the blaze with fire extinguishers and to put out burning victims who were running screaming for their lives. Three suspects have been released on bail as prosecutors investigate them on charges of offences against public safety and negligence causing severe injuries.