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Tomato Fight Turns Spanish Town Red

Bunol hosts its annual messy tradition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 29, 2012 2:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tens of thousands of people 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 yesterday's hour-long street bombardment, which has its roots in a food fight among kids back in 1945. The town's streets and walls have to be hosed down once the battle ends, and portable showers help participants get clean. (Read more Bunol stories.)

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