Jasper, Ind. (WEHT) – There are certain things that catch your eye and aren’t easy to forget. Red water running through the Jasper Riverwalk has a lot of people in Dubois County and online asking questions.

Jess Schnarr posted the photos to social media Monday night after seeing the crimson water.

April Harp and her family went for a walk and saw the river.

Harp says she was afraid their water was contaminated. One of her kids thought it was blood.

“We didn’t drink water last night,” she said.

The color of the water is now back to normal.

The City of Jasper says the red was from a dye used by Meyer Distribution. Meyer says they were trying to find a leak in their pipes using the dye, and it somehow got into the water. How exactly the dye got into the stream is still under investigation.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says it’s best to stay out of the water if it’s still changing colors.

City officials says they do not believe there is any threat to humans, wildlife, or the environment from the dye.

Meyer is owned by Senator Mike Braun. Eyewitness News reached out to Braun’s office but have not heard back.

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(This story was originally published on August 4, 2020)