Revellers hurl tomatoes in Spanish festival amid higher security video

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The annual tomato street fight in Spain went by without incident in the shadow of the Barcelona terror attacks - some much needed light-heartedness.

More than 20,000 revellers threw 160 tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes at each other in Spain on Wednesday in an epic, annual food fight known as the "Tomatina".

Amid higher security measures after the recent Islamist attacks in Catalonia, partygoers from Spain and abroad gathered for the messy battle in the town of Bunol in eastern Spain, held every year on the last Wednesday of August.

Revellers crammed the narrow streets of Bunol to smear each other with squashed tomatoes.

Revellers enjoy the atmosphere in Bunol, Spain.
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Revellers enjoy the atmosphere in Bunol, Spain.

Security at the event - including police and local safety personnel - was stepped up after militant attacks in Catalonia earlier this month killed 16 people, the Civil Guard said.

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An estimated 22,000 people were at the festival.
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An estimated 22,000 people were at the festival.

Most of those were killed when a jihadist in a van mowed down crowds on Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas boulevard.

Similar measures will be taken at many Spanish national festivals, a spokeswoman for the Civil Guard said.

"I'm not really that worried," said one Tomatina reveller, Tess Papadopoulos, from Australia. "There's lots of security around so I feel really safe."

160 tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes were used.
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160 tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes were used.

The Tomatina is said to have originated from a spontaneous bust-up between locals in 1945, and has since drawn a huge following across the globe. 

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Revellers came from around the world.
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Revellers came from around the world.

The Tomatina is said to have originated from a spontaneous bust-up between locals in 1945.
HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

The Tomatina is said to have originated from a spontaneous bust-up between locals in 1945.

 - Reuters

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