LOOK: Hong Kong Police Recover $820,000 After $2.6 Million Cash Spilled Onto Highway

On Christmas Eve afternoon, a cash transport truck with a faulty rear gate spilled an estimated 4.5 million USD (HKD35 million) in cash across Gloucester Road in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district. The BBC estimates the armored vehicle carrying some $68 million. The security company responsible for the vehicles said it is investigating what appeared to be a door malfunction.

LOOK: Hong Kong Police Recover $820,000 After $2.6 Million Cash Spilled Onto Highway
LOOK: Hong Kong Police Recover $820,000 After $2.6 Million Cash Spilled Onto Highway © TELEGRAPH

Pedestrians can be seen jamming into the road to scoop up the cash, bundled together according to denominations. Traffic ground to a halt as a few drivers, such as a taxi driver caught on CCTV, stopped their cars in the middle of the road and got out to pick up stray bills floating through the air.

Hong Kong police showed up 5-10 minutes later to cordon off two lanes of the road. Representatives of the security firm G4S, supposed to be in charge of the cash, were also seen.

It has been estimated that of the USD 4.5 million that fell from the truck, only a fraction of what it was actually carrying, around USD 2.5 million was retrieved.

The police and government are requesting members of the public who picked up money to hand it over to a police officer or turn it in at a police station as soon as possible. Officials added that anyone who keeps the money for their own use would be committing theft.