More than 200 people were injured, over 80 of them seriously, in an explosion at an amusement park outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei Saturday after coloured powder being sprayed onto a crowd ignited, officials said.

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“Our initial understanding is this explosion and fire… was caused by the powder spray. It could have been due to the heat of the lights on the stage,” said a spokesman for the New Taipei City fire department, adding that 205 had been hospitalised including 81 who are seriously injured.

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