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August 28, 2008

Here, Everyone Sees Red

Spanish revelers pelted one another with 113 tons of ripe tomatoes in the annual La Tomatina food fight.

Town hall says an estimated 40,000 people took part in the hour of messy fun in the village of Bunol near Valencia.

The ritual dates to the 1940s.

Some warriors in Wednesday's battle wore swimming goggles to protect themselves from the acid sting of tomato projectiles. Others swatted them away with tennis rackets. Afterward, many washed off in a nearby river while crews hosed down a town painted red.

- The Associated Press