This is one bubble bath that you’ll never want to take a dip in.

Locals in Bangalore, India are calling for immediate action after foam which had accumulated on Bellandur Lake, the biggest lake in the city, was blown onto streets and even caught fire for the second time in only a few months. While experiencing a gigantic bubble bath outside of your bathtub may seem like a fun idea at first, the foam that is spewing out from Bellandur Lake is actually toxic in nature and supposedly has a terrible stench.

Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state and is known as the center of India’s high-tech industry. According to a report by news site One India, Bangalore was also declared the cleanest capital city of any Indian state back in August, a title which comes across as more than a little ironic in light of recent events.

▼ Bangalore, India


News of an environment hazard in the city first surfaced on a large scale back in May, when mounds of white bubble froth, formed as a result of chemical reactions, caught fire on Bellandur Lake. Here’s a clip from around that time:

Late last month, reports of the lake catching on fire emerged yet again, along with videos of heavy gusts of wind blowing the toxic foam onto streets and even over bridges, as you can see in the following clip:

According to such reports, the foam has risen to be over four feet (1.22 meters) tall in some areas.

Locals have been advocating for change since earlier this summer, even signing a petition to protect the lake, but authorities have evidently taken little to no action so far. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) in conjunction with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) have all been tasked with the daunting mission of developing an action plan to prevent further chemicals and sewage from entering Bellandur Lake, most likely by setting up a series of sewage treatment plants. Until measures to counter the pollution have been enacted, however, locals would do well to avoid contact with the toxic foam at all costs.

Sources: The New Indian Express, One India
Featured image: YouTube/Oneindia Hindi