Second person dies from injuries suffered in Taiwan water park fireball

Taiwan officials blame flammable powder for explosion
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  • A 19-year-old student who suffered burns to 90% of his body died early Thursday
  • Around 270 people remain in intensive care after the fiery blast at a water park
  • Officials say the explosion was caused by colored powder that ignited at a party

(CNN)A second person badly burned by the fireball that engulfed a crowd at a water park in Taiwan over the weekend has died from his injuries, local media reported Thursday.

Liu Chih-wei, a 19-year-old design student who suffered burns to 90% of his body, was pronounced dead early Thursday, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported, citing doctors.
    The explosion during a party Saturday at the Formosa Fun Coast water park outside Taipei, the capital, was set off when colored powder being sprayed over the crowd ignited, officials say.
    The fiery blast injured close to 500 people, most of them in their teens and 20s. A 20-year-old woman died from her injuries on Monday.
    Around 270 people hurt in the explosion remained in intensive care units late Wednesday, the Central News Agency reported.
    The event at the water park was run by Color Play Asia, which holds color-themed parties. Two men -- the party organizer and the person in charge of lighting and hardware -- have been named as suspects by authorities and are on bail.
    Taiwan's government has banned events from using colored powder while the explosion is being investigated, and the water park has been closed during the investigation.