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Revelers lie in tomato pulp after the annual "Tomatina" (tomato fight) Aug. 26 in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

Party-goers hurl tons of tomatoes in Spanish festival

 

BUNOL, Spain - Tens of thousands of festival-goers hurled 170 tons of over-ripe tomatoes at each other on Wednesday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the massive food fight in the small town of Bunol ineastern Spain.

Spaniards and tourists from around the world, some wearing goggles to protect their eyes from the flying fruit, crammed the narrow streets to smear each other with seven truckloads of squashed tomatoes.

"It's crazy, like a massive orgy of tomatoes and people," said Evaran James, a 30-year-old from Australia.

Houses and shops draped covers over their facades to protect them from the red juice and pulp.

The 'Tomatina' fight originates from a spontaneous bust-up amongst villagers in 1945. The event, banned for a time during the 1950s at the height of General Francisco Franco's dictatorship, has drawn a huge international following in recent years.

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