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Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red

Published:Thursday | August 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Men throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual 'tomatina' tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol.

BUNOL (AP):

The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual tomatina battle that has become a major tourist attraction.

At the annual fiesta in Bunol yesterday, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad, to throw during the hourlong morning festivities.

This was the second year non-resident participants were charged, €10 ($13), to take part. The town of about 20,000 people began charging to help pay off debts of some €5.5 million. The event was sold out weeks ahead.

The event was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-producing region.