Residents living near the Valira River in the Pyrenees were shocked on Thursday to wake up to find the river had turned a lurid shade of green.
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The river’s freak appearance was reminiscent of scenes in Chicago, where the river is dyed green every year for St Patrick’s Day.
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Albert Batalla, the mayor of La Seu d’Urgell, a town on the river, reassured residents that the green dye was “entirely harmless, non-toxic and biodegradable” and was caused by an investigation at the Arinsal bottling plant into the source of a contamination episode last year.
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And thankfully it gave locals the opportunity to take to social media with some weird and wonderful photos of the green waterway.
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