Created on Saturday, 23 August 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) — A city official says mistakenly dumped dye was to blame when part of a western Ohio river turned red earlier this week.
St. Marys Safety-Service Director Greg Foxhoven tells The Lima News (http://bit.ly/1q5yYUJ ) about 55 gallons of food-grade red dye were dumped into the city's wastewater system because of an equipment failure. The water was then discharged into the St. Marys River, turning part of it red on Thursday.
Foxhoven says environmental and emergency management officials were notified, and the city was informed there wasn't environmental impact.
Foxhoven says the dye passed through the wastewater system undetected. He says the situation is under investigation.