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BUNOL, Spain (Reuters) 

Thousands of revellers hurled some 145 tonnes of tomatoes at each other on Wednesday, celebrating the messy annual Tomatina festival in the eastern Spanish town of Bunol

A fire cracker signal marked the start of the massive food fight at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) and during the next hour, six trucks loaded with over-ripe tomatoes drove through the small town’s main street providing ammunition for festival-goers.

 

Revellers play with tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
Revellers play with tomato pulp during the annual “Tomatina” festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

Some wore sunglasses or goggles as protection for their eyes as they covered each other in red pulp.

The Tomatina is said to have originated from a spontaneous bust-up amongst villagers in 1945. It was banned for a while during the 1950s at the height of General Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, but today draws large crowds of locals as well as foreign tourists.

 

(Reporting By Reuters Television; Editing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Andrei Khalip)

 

 

A reveller plays with tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
A reveller plays with tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

Revellers throw tomatoes during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
Revellers throw tomatoes during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

A reveller plays with tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
A reveller plays with tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

Revellers throw tomatoes during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
Revellers throw tomatoes during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

Revellers play with tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
Revellers play with tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

A reveller plays with tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
A reveller plays with tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain.
REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

Revellers play with tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
Revellers play with tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

Revellers throw tomatoes during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
Revellers throw tomatoes during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

Revellers on a truck throw tomatoes into the crowd during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
Revellers on a truck throw tomatoes into the crowd during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

Revellers on a truck throw tomatoes into the crowd during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
Revellers on a truck throw tomatoes into the crowd during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

 

A reveller plays with tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol
A reveller plays with tomato pulp during the annual “Tomatina” festival in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Heino Kalis
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