Imagine driving along a highway when money seemingly starts falling from the sky.
That’s exactly what happened to drivers on Interstate 5 near Carlsbad, Calif., on Friday morning after the door of an armoured truck flew open, scattering bills into the air.
The flurry of bills prompted drivers to slam on their brakes, jump out of their cars, and grab what they could.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) received 911 calls about cash littering the highway, reported NBC News.
The driver of the armoured truck tried to retrieve some of the cash, but the attempt proved futile, and he began recording people grabbing money.
Authorities arrived on the scene around 10 a.m. and also attempted to prevent more of the bills from being taken. But it was too late as much of the cash had been scooped up.
Fitness influencer Demi Bagby posted a video on Instagram, showing people around her grabbing money off the road.
“This is the most insane thing I’ve ever seen,” Bagby says in a clip, which she shared with her 2-million-plus followers. “Someone dropped money all over the freeway.”
Authorities said videos and photos that were posted on social media recorded people’s faces and licence plate numbers.
“If you found money on the freeway, it is not your money,” CHP Sgt. Curtis Martin said at a news conference. “It belongs to the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) and this armoured truck and the bank. It needs to be returned.”
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Many of the motorists immediately returned the money to officers at the scene, CHP and the FBI said in a joint statement in which they thanked those who did the right thing.
Authorities are investigating how the doors of the armoured truck flew open.