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Hong Kong colour spray events axed after Taiwan paint explosion kills three

Two events involving the use of coloured powders sprayed over participants have been axed following a huge fire that killed three and injured almost 500 people in Taiwan.

Venue provider Asia-World Expo said Life in Colour and The Colour Run events had been scrapped “in view of the public anxiety growing towards colour-powder themed events.”

Life in Colour via Facebook.

Life in Colour event. Photo: Life in Colour via Facebook.

The announcement comes after an explosion of coloured powder occurred at the Taiwan Formosa Fun Coast park in June.

According to a statement from the venue on Tuesday, the Life in Colour event will be postponed until next summer. The event was due to take place on July 25, and promoters described it as “the world’s largest paint party”, which “fuses high-energy music, art, dance and paint.”

Today a spokesman for the Fire Department said on Commercial Radio that organisers would have to apply for a license prior to holding the event next year.

Event organisers have not yet announced rescheduling arrangements.

Organisers promoting the event on Facebook. Photo: Life in Color via Facebook.

Organisers promoting the event on Facebook. Photo: Life in Colour via Facebook.

During a Commercial Radio interview in June, a spokesman for Life in Colour emphasised that the spray used during their event is a “100 per cent water-based colour paint”, and not combustible.

The Colour Run event was cancelled due to “increasing public concern” over its safety measures.  The run was originally scheduled for December 6.

Colour Run Hong Kong 2014. Photo: The Colour Run via Facebook.

Colour Run Hong Kong 2014. Photo: The Colour Run via Facebook.

According to a statement in June, organisers said that “the powder used in the tragic incident in Taipei was different from that used in Color Run events.”

The run is known as “the happiest 5k on the planet”, where participants are covered with different coloured powders when they reach certain checkpoints. Over 16,000 turned up for the event last year.

Hong Kong colour spray events axed after Taiwan paint explosion kills three