|Wenzhou River in China turns blood-red overnight.|
Residents in Wenzhou, China, were shocked last Thursday morning when they awoke and discovered the inner city waterway had mysteriously turned blood-red overnight.
Local villagers told the China Daily that the river looked normal at around 4 a.m., but started to turn red around 6 a.m. and flowed blood-red until returning to normal around 5 p.m.
No chemical plants are up river, so any kind of environmental accident was ruled out. Officials from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau collected samples and were to analyze the cause of the incident.
One villager who has lived his entire life in this town in East China’s Zhejian Providence said this has never happened before.
“The river’s color was normal yesterday,” a resident told Shanghai-ist. “It’s really scary to see the clear river turned into blood water in only a night.”
Some speculated that it was a sign out of Revelation in the Bible and that it was the beginning of the Apocalypse, though an official with the WEPB offered a perfectly logical explanation.
“We 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],” Jianfeng Xiao of the WEPB told the ChinaNews. “It turned out there wasn’t heavy rainfall yesterday, so the evidence is left behind.”
Xiao added that there is a food coloring company along the river.