The East Asian nation's official Central News Agency reported that nearly 500 peopled were injured -- with 100 severely injured when an unknown flammable powder exploded in midair at Formosa Fun Coast water park in Taiwan around 8:30 a.m. (ET) this morning.
CNA reported that "the fire was quickly brought under control," after flames erupted over a stage and injured hundreds of people at the Taiwan water park. Videos show people running and screaming through the bed of flames for their lives.
Mayor Eric Chu called this the "worst incident of mass injury (ever) in New Taipei," as he called for medical assistance from neighboring Taipei, Taoyaun and Keelung. Taiwanese defense ministry spokesman Luo Shao-he stated that all military hospitals in northern Taiwan were prepared to take patients.
Formosa Fun Coast stated that the fiery explosion occurred during a "Color Play Asia" party put on by a separate marking company that leased out space at the park.
"We are very regretful (for) this accident that caused injuries to many victims," read a statement from the water park. "The most urgent matter currently for us is to handle and assist with...victims on the scene and work comprehensively with the New Taipei Fire Department."