A waterway in eastern China has mysteriously turned a blood red color.
Residents in Zhejiang province said the river looked normal at 5 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday morning. Within an hour, the entire river turned crimson. Residents also said a strange smell wafted through the air.
â€œThe really weird thing is that we have been able to catch fish because the water is normally so clear,â€ one local villager commented on Chinaâ€™s microblogging site Weibo.
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Inspectors from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau said they have not found the cause of the incident, although water samples seem to indicate the suspicious color was a result of illegal dumping in the river.
â€œWe suspect that somebody dumped artificial coloring in the water because he thought the typhoon yesterday would cause heavy rain, and nobody would notice [the color],â€ Jianfeng Xiao, Chief of the bureau told China News.
â€œIt turned out there wasnâ€™t heavy rainfall yesterday, so the evidence is left behind,â€ Xiao said.
Xiao said there is a paper manufacturer, a food coloring company and clothing-maker a long the river. The bureau is still investigating the incident.