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Spanish Town Painted Red in Annual Tomato Fight

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A reveler lays in tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. Bunol's town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, took up arms Wednesday and pelted each other with 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the yearly food fight known as the 'Tomatina' now in its 66th year.

BUNOL, Spain -- Tens of thousands of people have pelted each other with 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in an annual battle that leaves the eastern Spanish town of Bunol awash in red pulp.

Bunol's town hall estimates that around 40,000 people, including many tourists, took part Wednesday in the hour-long street fight known as the "Tomatina," an event has its roots in a food fight between childhood friends back in 1945.

Participants jumped and fell around in the sea of red mush as the they pelted each other with tomatoes, which are hurled at the crowds from loaded trucks

Those that participate are advised to wear goggles and old clothes for the fight.

The town's walls are hosed down shortly after the battle ends.