Party organizer charged over Taiwan water park disaster

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TAIPEI: Prosecutors in Taiwan charged the owner of an events company Friday over an explosion at a “color party” which left 12 dead and hundreds injured after heat from stage lights triggered a blast that ripped through the crowd. Nine people were under investigation over the disaster in June at the Formosa Fun Coast water park, just outside the capital Taipei, when clouds of multi-colored cornstarch sprayed on revelers ignited. But prosecutors said Lu Chung-chi, the owner of Color Play Asia that organized the event, must take responsibility for the incident. Lu was charged with negligence leading to death and injury and faces up to five years in prison, prosecutors said. The eight other suspects under investigation, including both the chairman and president of the water park, were cleared of any charges. A court date for Lu has not yet been set, prosecutors said.

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