Beirut becomes the Red River Valley

Beirut River mysteriously runs blood red

The Beirut River mysteriously turned blood red Wednesday after a stream of unidentified red liquid began pouring from the southern bank of the river in Furn al-Shubbak. The source of the liquid had yet to be determined Wednesday evening, as the river continued to empty the red-colored water into the Mediterranean Sea.

Government and local officials rushed to the scene at the Chevrolet crossing of Furn al-Shubbak Wednesday morning in an attempt to locate the sewage canal that was dumping the red-colored water but they were unable to locate the source. Accusations were traded among officials from the municipalities of Hadath, Hazmieh, Sin al-Fil, Furn al-Shubbak and Shiyah.

Eyewitnesses working in the area told The Daily Star this was not the first time the river had turned a different color.

Tip: Fortean Times

Culprits could be paint from factories, industrial dyes, or even slaughterhouse blood. But, it definitely looks like dye to me similar to what has been seen in other industrial areas. It does not take much of the dye to disperse and dramatically color the water through mixing in the currents. Test are being run. But, nothing like a river running blood red to give people a start.

Photo: The Daily Star