PICS: Thousands pelt each other in Spain's messy 'Tomatina' fight

2017-08-31 09:56
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Associated Press

Bunol,Spain — More than 20,000 people have been drenched in red pulp after hurling tons of ripe tomatoes at each other in the annual "Tomatina" street battle in eastern Spain.

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Extra security measures were taken at the fiesta in Bunol this year following the vehicle attacks in and near Barcelona this month - with some 700 agents deployed. The event took place on 30 August 2017.

The party saw 160 tons of tomatoes offloaded from trucks into crowds jamming the town's streets for the hour-long battle Wednesday.

Participants, including many tourists, don swimming goggles to protect their eyes from the tomato hurling.

Organizers hose the streets down within minutes of the event's end at noon - while participants use public showers.

The event, which costs (about R 156 at  R 13/$) to attend - was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-producing region.

Travellers shared their images on social media of the event.

Tomato hat! Tomatina 2017 11 de 15 #tomatina #tomatina2017 #latomatina #tomato #hat

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A rather messy affair. 

The annual event is held on the last Wednesday of August each year. Ticket and entrance opportunities have been limited to 20 000 people a year since 2013.

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Candid selfies captured during the festival. 

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