Tuesday, 18. June 2013 - 07:06
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Angry villagers in eastern China saw red when a batch of spilled cosmetics dye turned their entire world pink.
Shocked locals in Fanzhuang, Shandong province, woke up to find that their homes, clothes, cars, their pets and even their water had been contaminated by pink dust.
But when they tried to wash it away, they found the dye - a batch which fell off a lorry - only got even pinker.
"It was disgusting. I felt sick and itchy but we just couldn't get rid of it," said villager Chen Lin.
Chemical spill experts discovered the dye - which also infested a second nearby village, Dagushan - was from a batch of a pigment called Rhodamine B extra, normally used in cosmetics or to dye plastic and fabrics.
"It is was dropped from a truck and burst open where the wind blew it over an area of a square kilometre," explained a police spokesman.
Experts are cleaning up the affected area using a spray laced with vinegar, which breaks down the compound.
"Unfortunately it is a very effective dye and the powder is designed to be diluted.
"So the more water people put on it, the worse it got," said one.
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