The 2015 explosion and fire at a Taiwanese Fun Park has brought to light possible hazards associated with large displays of colored powders.
The dust explosion at the Formosa Fun Park in Taiwan killed 8 people and injured 500. Over 150 people sustained serious burn injuries requiring skin grafts from the incident. This dust explosion occurred when colored corn starch that, was showered upon a crowd, found an ignition source near a stage area. The explosion and subsequent fire engulfed the crowd.
The practice of using colored powders at social gatherings, such as coloring play parties and music events is becoming more prevalent. It’s important to know, that if you engage in such activities, there are important safety tips to keep in mind: