Fireworks factory explosion leaves Filipino man critically injured

A Philippines national is fighting for his life in hospital after an explosion and fire at a fireworks factory in Chiayi County this afternoon, Sunday, June 6. The Chiayi County Fire Department received reports of an explosion and fire at the Yongfeng Pyrotechnic Factory in Dongshi Township at around 2:20 pm. Because the fire was located in a pyrotechnics factory, the fire department spared no precautions, and dispatched eleven vehicles and a large number of personnel to the scene from

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Wildfire, rockfalls block highway 18 in Chiayi County

The Chiayi Forest Management Office has advised the public to avoid highway 18 and use the alternative route 21 due to a wildfire and rockfalls that have blocked the road between the 68 and 69 kilometer mark. Firefighters have been fighting a difficult battle with a blaze in steep terrain below the road since yesterday afternoon, March 18. Fire fighting crews were dispatched from several local fire stations at around 2:00 pm yesterday. A National Airborne Service helicopter was also

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National record for cannabis cultivation broken once again, after 1,600+ plant grow-op busted

Chiayi County police and district prosecutors uncovered a record haul of 1,648 marijuana plants after raids on multiple properties in the county, Sunday, February 21. The previous record for a cannabis cultivation operation bust for Taiwan law enforcement was set in August 2020, when Taichung City Police uncovered 1,361 plants in Nantou County. See previous story: Biggest marijuana plantation in Taiwan’s history busted in Nantou County Chiayi County police began an investigation into the operation in November 2020, and raided

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2 dead, 8 injured in 20 vehicle crash on West Coast Expressway

Two people died and eight were injured after a multivehicle pile-up involving six trucks and 14 cars on the West Coast Expressway, this morning, Sunday, February 21. The crash occurred on the Yunjia Bridge at the boundary of Yunlin and Chiayi counties at 7:30 am. One person was obviously dead at the scene of the accident, and was not sent to hospital. Another was without vital signs, and was declared dead at the hospital. Eight people were described as being

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Man arrested for fatal hit and run also faces drugs and guns charges

A suspect was arrested yesterday, after an investigation into a hit and run accident in Chiayi County, and police also found a handgun, ammunition, and drugs in the suspect’s motel room. On the morning of October 12, a car suspected to have been driven by a man named Lin, hit a scooter in Dalin Township, Chiayi County. The 32-year-old scooter rider, named Lee, was left seriously injured, and died in hospital yesterday, October 19. Lin did not stop after the

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Police officer shot in the line of duty dies after 23 years in a vegetative state

A man who was shot in the head while serving as a police officer in 1997 passed away in Chiayi County yesterday, September 18, after surviving for 23 years in a post-coma unresponsive state. Lu Jin-quan (呂進全) was on patrol with colleague Liu Neng-yuan (劉能源) in Banqiao City, Taipei County (now Banqiao District, New Taipei City), on the evening of January 25, 1997, when two wanted men in a stolen taxi purposely rammed from behind the police scooter both officers

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Suspect shot and wounded after ramming police car

A wanted man driving a stolen car suffered a bullet wound to the head after a police detective fired three shots at his vehicle when he rammed their unmarked police car in Chiayi County last night, August 21. Detectives from Tainan City Police Department Baihe Precinct located a stolen vehicle driven by the suspect in Shuishang Township, Chiayi County at around 11:00 pm. According to reports in United Daily News, the four detectives followed the vehicle for some distance until

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Woman held at knifepoint in post office robbery

A man grabbed a female volunteer worker and held her at knifepoint until staff handed over a stack of cash in Chiayi County today, May 7. Shortly after 4:00 pm this afternoon, a man wearing an open-face helmet and a face mask, walked into a post office on Zhongshan Road, Dalin Township. When a female volunteer stepped forward to take his temperature, as required under epidemic prevention regulations, the man pulled out a knife, grabbed the woman, and shouted “robbery!”

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Chiayi City rolls out retro-style electric buses

A fleet of new retro-British-style electric buses was unveiled in Chiayi City today, with four colors to ply four routes starting in June this year. “It’s really amazing,” Chiayi City Mayor Huang Min-hui gushed, adding that the buses were a form of mobile art that will enhance urban aesthetics. The fleet consists of 10 regular buses and 12 minibuses colored in red, yellow green and blue. The green buses will begin plying the Zhongshan line in June, with the rest

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Supermarket chains launch mobile supermarkets to serve remote mountain districts

Two supermarket chains launched mobile supermarkets to serve remote mountain districts in the last few days, in what is seen as a positive move by residents in the rural areas. On March 30, Carrefour’s Tucheng branch dispatched a mobile supermarket truck to New Taipei City’s Wulai District. The mobile supermarket was set up in the fire brigade parking lot, providing fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, cooked meals, instant noodles, snacks, cleaning supplies, and other consumer goods and daily necessities.

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Gunman arrested after 50 shots, explosions in 5 hour siege

A man surrendered to Chiayi County police after a five-hour long siege in Minxiong Township, during which the suspect fired 50 shots and threw numerous explosives. Police officers went to a residence in a lane on Jianguo Road after neighbors reported hearing people arguing, followed by three gunshots at around 8:00am. The officers called for backup after a suspect on the third floor responded to their arrival with more gunshots. Police blockaded the area while a SWAT team and police

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