Spanish town turns red for annual tomato fight

Spanish town turns red for annual tomato fight

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BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29: A reveler celebrates being covered in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

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by ALBERTO SAIZ, Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 6:16 AM

 (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have splatted each other with 120 tons of tomatoes during the annual 'Tomatina' battle, leaving the eastern Spanish town of Bunol in a sea of red mush.

Town hall estimates some 40,000 people, including many tourists, took part in Wednesday's hour-long street bombardment, which has its roots in a food fight among kids back in 1945.

Participants — many wearing T-shirts, shorts and goggles — flopped around in the swamp of red pulp while they pelted each other with tomatoes dumped on them from five loaded trucks.

Portable showers were set up so revelers could shower afterward.

The town's streets and walls are hosed down once the battle ends.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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