Two days after a blast triggered by colored powder severely injured more than 400 people at a Color Play Asia party in Taipei, the event organizer stepped out to make an emotional public apology.
Five people involved with the party were arrested in the wake of the tragedy, one of them being the event organizer, Lu Chung-chi. Lu was released after paying NT$1 million (around 200,300 yuan) for bail and is now restricted from leaving the region.
Stepping out of the police station, Lu kneeled down before reporters and offered his condolences, adding that he had suffered from burns before and understands the excruciating pain.
“I’m not sure what I can do for the many injured, but I will do my best to make up for what I have done,” he said.
The organizer, 41, also admitted that he hadn’t warned workers about the dangers of flammable powder. He said this is the first time such an incident has happened since he’s organized the events.
Lu aims to first discuss claims with insurance companies and vows to “take full responsibility till the end”.
So far, one person has succumbed to injuries sustained in the blast, while another 498 have been injured, 202 of them in critical condition. As most of them suffered third-degree burns, various health institutions across Taiwan have offered donations for skin grafting surgeries.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese Premier Mao Chi-juo has placed a temporary island-wide ban on the use of colored dust at events.
An organizer from Shanghai’s Color Run also recently backed out of the event, which uses a similar multihued powder, due to safety concerns.
Investigation is underway to determine whether lights or a spark from a cigarette ignited the blaze.
Watch Lu’s apology below:
By Sharon Choi
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