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Blood River: Chinese river mysteriously turns blood red in just one hour

What exactly is causing the "blood river" in China?
What exactly is causing the "blood river" in China?
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Residents in eastern China are confused and disturbed by the blood river that has mysteriously and quickly appeared in the Zhejiang province. ABC News reported on July 25, 2014, that a waterway in the province literally went from being normal to a dark red blood color in the matter of just an hour.

Many said that the river looked perfectly normal around 5:00 a.m. Beijing time on the morning of Thursday, July 24, 2014. One mere hour later, the river had turned entirely crimson in color. Residents also said that the river started emitting a strange smell into the air as well.

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NBC12 reported that local inspectors looked into the situation, and their original thought is that the "blood river" became that way due to the illegal dumping of waste into the river.

"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]," said Jianfeng Xiao, Chief of the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau.

The inspectors took water samples from the river and tested them, and the illegal dumping is indicated in the strange color. The exact cause of the color change is not yet known.

It's not just the fact that the river turned red, but residents state that the water is usually rather clear. It's not murky or cloudy, but something that works to their advantage.

“The really weird thing is that we have been able to catch fish because the water is normally so clear,” one local villager commented on China’s microblogging site Weibo.

Looking down the river, inspectors are looking into a number of businesses that are stationed along the banks. They have said there is a clothing-maker, a paper manufacturer, and a food coloring company that are stationed along the "blood river."

Authorities say that the investigation will continue until the cause of the red color in the river is determined.