Even the rain turned red in Russia as England heroically defeated Colombia.

In extraordinary scenes blood-coloured rain poured down on the Arctic in Siberia.

Locals in Norilsk feared it was the apocalypse or a biblical plague, according to the Russian media

Cars parked at a local nickel and copper processing plant were soaked by rain coloured like England’s strip for their last-gasp penalty shoot out win.



“It is like a horror movie. There was bloody rain,” said one social media comment.


Residents feared the rain was spiked with poisonous pollution.

But metals giant Nornickel, owner of Nadezhdinsky plant, denied there was a health risk.

A source claimed the red precipitation was caused – ironically – because of a pollution clean up in the Soviet-built mining city.



Huge quantities of iron oxide had been removed from the surface and a factory roof ready to improve the environment.

But strong winds and rain carried it over the local area causing the strange scene.

The city – closed to foreigners – is seen as one of the mot polluted in the world but a clean up is underway.

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