Splatter fest: Tomato throwing frenzy leaves town awash with red pulp

Thousands of people have pelted each other with ripe tomatoes, creating a red, mushy mess in the annual Tomatina street battle in Spain. They unleashed 160 tons of tomatoes offloaded from six trucks during an hour-long battle on the streets of Bunol on Wednesday. The fight leaves the participants — many wearing swimming goggles to protect their eyes — and the town’s streets drenched in red pulp. Organisers then hose the streets down within minutes of the event ending at noon, while participants can use public showers. The paid-entry event was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-producing region.