A powder which acts like body paint, popular amid rave concert promoters, was sprayed on the confined crowd in Tiawan. The powder is flammable in high concentrations. The stage lights were hot and ignited powder. The result is essentially like blasting a flamethrower onto the audience.
Fortunately the paint powder is highly soluble, hence the desired audience effect of sweat colorizing the crowd; water immediately removes the flammability – but these people were covered in the powder when it ignited. The immediate audience was engulfed in an inferno.
Tough video to watch:
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Here is the promoters FaceBook page – and you can see below the overall effect of using the colored paint powder:
Here’s another shot of how it’s delivered:
Another image (*available at this link) captures a different venue -and a different method– but essentially shows you what the intended effect is. The concert goers appear to like this colorizing psychedelic aspect, hence there are numerous variations to give the audience the colorized appearance.
Obviously, moving forward, the use of powdered paint will be reconsidered in Taiwan.
*Note this page has been edited to add additional information. A U.S. Company “Life In Color“, operated by a gentleman named Eric Fuller (Vice-President Business Affairs), has expressed concern that their U.S. business model of audience painting would be conflated with the tragedy in Taiwan and suffer negative impact. Mr. Fuller shares (via email):
♦ “Our paint is Non-Toxic, water based paint. It’s light on the skin and has no odor and our fans have often described it feels like heavy rain drops. In the event of a fire our paint would actual put a fire out because it’s mixed with water. In our nearly 10 years of business we have never had an issue with our paint.
♦ Our company takes every safety measure to keep our events safe on all levels. I personally hold quarterly meetings with my team to make sure our standards are held to the highest. We are constantly looking to stay ahead of the curve so we stay out of the headlines and our fans stay safe.
♦ Any event that we use pyro-technics we take every measure possible. Such as an on-site fire response team and a regulated pyro drop zone that is a certain number of feet from our fans. Any on stage pyro is closely monitored and never within reach of our fans. We separate those areas with Concert Barricade and security personnel.”
More about the Life In Color “NEW PAINT” available here. Based on ongoing interest – we will reach out to Mr. Fuller, Life In Color, via email and request the MSDS as well as the company specific HACCP manual for U.S. venue use.
Source Research: Eric Fuller (Twitter @daygloweric) Instagram: “daygloweric” Business Website: Life In Color
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