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Thousands drenched in red in Spain’s Tomatina battle

A reveller lies in a puddle of squashed tomatoes during the annual Tomatina (Alberto Saiz/AP)
A reveller lies in a puddle of squashed tomatoes during the annual Tomatina (Alberto Saiz/AP)

More than 20,000 people have pelted each other with ripe tomatoes in the annual Tomatina street battle in a town in eastern Spain.

The party saw 145 tons of tomatoes offloaded from six trucks into crowds packing Bunol’s streets for the hour-long battle.

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

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A reveller lies in a puddle of squashed tomatoes in the village of Bunol, near Valencia (Alberto Saiz/AP)

Participants donned swimming goggles to protect their eyes.

Organisers hosed the streets down moments after the event’s end while participants used public showers or the town river.

“It’s just amazing. Absolutely loved every minute of it,” said Abby Tacktee, 28, from Newcastle, England.

“It’s was just a laugh a minute.”

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Revellers throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual Tomatina (Alberto Saiz/AP)

The event, which costs 12 euros (£10) for a basic ticket, with 5,000 tickets reserved for town residents and 17,000 for people from outside.

The event has been held for 74 years and was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-producing region.