River turned bright purple sparking an investigation by environmental protection officers in Brazil.
The video footage was shot of the Rio do Braco river in the neighbourhood of Jardim Sofia, in Joinville in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, after it was dyed with the suspected pollutant.
Locals called out health officials over the weekend after they spotted the contamination on Saturday, 8th April.
The source of the purple colouration was reportedly traced to a pipe from where samples were taken to try and identify what the colour was. The officials are also hoping to identify the source.
One local, who was among those who raised the alarm, said: “This is sadly not the first time this has happened, the river has changed colour several times before as well. The local government needs to do something about it.”
The footage was shared online by local politician Maurício Peixer. He said: “Just when we think we’ve seen it all, then yet another crime happens to shock Joinville.
“We have already spoken to the Joinville Environmental Protection Secretariat, and steps are already being taken to identify and take action against those responsible.”
The organisation confirmed that they were trying to find out where the pipe originated to find the cause, and also looking into suggestions that it was something that mostly happened at the weekends and during bank holidays.
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