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Party organiser charged with negligent homicide after 12 people die at 'Colour Play' bash

Published 16/10/2015 | 06:40

Injured victims from an accidental explosion during a music concert lie on the ground at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Chen Bo
Injured victims from an accidental explosion during a music concert lie on the ground at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Chen Bo
Police investigators inspect the stage area after the fire at the Formosa Water Park (AP)
An injured victim from an explosion during a music concert is treated at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City (AP)
A person helps an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Wang Wei
People carry an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Chen Bo
People carry an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan REUTERS/Wu Chia

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.

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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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