Food Fight! Thousands take place in messy festival

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San Diego, Ca (CNN) – It’s a California twist on a Spanish tradition. Saturday thousands of people headed to San Diego for a messy festival. Participants were all seeing red and were ready for a war…of sorts.

Participants used 46,000 pounds of tomatoes for the celebration. Don’t worry about wasting food though, the tomatoes used are past ripe and would otherwise be thrown away.

Reporter Richard Allyn takes us to the San Diego Tomato Battle: