Buxton’s ‘Blue Lagoon’ dyed black by UK police to deter visitors

(CNN) — Even a nationwide lockdown couldn’t stop English Instagrammers from flocking to a former limestone quarry at Harpur Hill, whose bright blue waters have earned it the nickname ‘Blue Lagoon’.

So the police did what they had to do to prevent visitors from coming. They dyed it black.

Despite the order, police said people were still visiting the disused quarry, which has become a popular tourist attraction.

What the “Blue Lagoon” looked like before it was dyed black.

Buxton SNT Police

“With that in mind, we attended the scene this morning and used water dye to make the water less appealing,” Buxton Police Department said in a statement. Facebook post Wednesday. “Please stay home.”
It is not the first time the scenic body of water, near Buxton and about three hours north-west of London, has been dyed black, police say. While the lagoon may look like a tropical getaway, officials say the water contains toxic chemicals and has a pH of 11.3, according to the BBC. For reference, bleach has a pH of about 12.

Signs around the lagoon even warn tourists that the water contains cars, dead animals and trash. The police therefore regularly dye the water to prevent people from bathing in it.

The decision by Buxton Police comes as the number of coronavirus cases in the UK continues to rise. On Sunday, there were at least 19,772 confirmed cases and 1,228 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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