River Turns Blood-Red in an Hour
Chinese company may have dumped red dye: officials
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2014 6:56 PM CDT
A similar incident in 2006 shows China's Yellow River, turned red after pollution caused by discharge from a sewage pipe in Lanzhou, in western Gansu province.   (AP Photo/EyePress, File)

(Newser) – A river in China that looked just fine at 5am had turned blood-red about an hour later and was emitting an odd smell, ABC News reports. Environmental inspectors in Zhejiang province said they haven't found a cause yet but suspect illegal dumping of artificial coloring. Whoever did it "thought the typhoon yesterday would cause heavy rain, and nobody would notice" the color, said Jianfeng Xiao, the chief inspector. But no rain came yesterday, "so the evidence is left behind."

Xiao noted that a clothing-maker, a food-coloring company, and a paper manufacturer all have addresses along the river in eastern China. A company that dumped red dye was behind the sudden reddening of China's Jian River in 2011, reports Business Insider, which has incredible Twitter photos of the current red river—like this one.

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libby
Nov 18, 2014 8:21 AM CST
This kind of crap used to happen all the time in the US before the EPA and now the republican controlled congress wants to get rid of the EPA. I am old enough to remember Allied Chemicals dumping the pesticide kepone in the James River in Virginia in the 70s. Do we really want to return to that Era?
ThisNameInUse
Nov 15, 2014 9:49 PM CST
Republicans reading this story are getting overwhelmed with nostalgia for that innocent time back before the Big Bad Government EPA kept companies in the US from being able to do stuff like this. But not to worry! Joni Ernst, Ted Cruz and their ilk are here to "defund" that awful American institution, and make America safe for polluters once again.
Neshema
Oct 6, 2014 9:10 PM CDT
Karen, Mark Dreher, and one else citing end of the world blathering nonsense: Seriously? Did you not even read the story at all? A clothing-maker, food-coloring company, and a paper manufacturer all have addresses along the river in eastern China. It has nothing to do with Revelation and that ridiculous nonsense. If you dump enough dye in the water, it will change the water's color. It is not the end of the world, get a grip and a reality check. I also have to agree with what Roddy Pfeiffer said. Americans forget that not too long ago we did the same things to our rivers. In the 1950's and 1960's the Cuyahoga used to catch on fire on a regular basis. The East River in NYC was so polluted that it was fodder for standup comedians for decades. "It's so polluted that the Mafia stopped dumping bodies there". In my area when I was a kid, the Hockanum River that ran through Rockville, CT was whatever color the local mills were using to dye the fabric they were working with. Read the comments here. I guess it's OK for America to do it, but when China goes through the same cycle of development, they are "filthy pigs". What hypocrisy. I am beyond sick and tired of this double standard bs. It's OK for America to do it, but if anyone else does there monsters. Seriously, beyond sick to death of it.