COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) – It was a nice day for a wet wedding.

But nothing could stop Shalita Harris’ nuptials – not even when the sprinkler system in her dressing room came on Saturday, covering the bride and her bridesmaids in a black, oily substance. The incident sent six of her eight bridesmaids to the hospital just before the ceremony after they complained of breathing problems.

“I felt like my life was going to end right then and there,” Harris said.

The bridesmaids grabbed a blanket off the bed to protect the bridal party while they escaped from the deluge. Harris said the force of the water knocked members of the bridal party down.

The manager of the Westin Hotel near the airport said Harris’ is the only room where the problem occurred. The cause is unknown.

The two remaining bridesmaids walked down the aisle with stained dresses.

“They went out with a bang, a big bang, not necessarily a good bang, but a big one,” bridesmaid Jasmine Robinson said.

The College Park Fire Department and the Clayton County paramedics were both called to the scene. They did not respond to a request for comment.


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