Thousands drenched in red in Spain's 'Tomatina' battle

Revellers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual "Tomatina", tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol near Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

More than 20,000 people are pelting each other with ripe tomatoes in the annual 'Tomatina' street battle in a town in eastern Spain that has become a major tourist attraction

BUNOL, Spain — More than 20,000 people are pelting each other with ripe tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" street battle in a town in eastern Spain that has become a major tourist attraction.

The party saw 145 tons of tomatoes offloaded from six trucks into crowds packing Buñol's streets for the midday hour-long battle Wednesday.

The fight leaves participants and the surrounding streets awash in red pulp.

Participants don swimming goggles to protect their eyes.

Organizers hose the streets down moments after the event's end at noon while participants use public showers.

The event, which costs 12 euros (about $13) for a basic ticket, was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-producing region.

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