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Traffic came to a halt after loose cash flew out of an opened armored vehicle on a California highway

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  • Cash flew across a freeway in California after the door of an armored truck burst open on Friday.

  • Traffic came to a standstill on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, California, around 9:30 a.m. local time.

  • Law enforcement officials are urging anyone who picked up any bills to return them.

Bags of cash flew out of an armored truck that burst open on a California highway, prompting a traffic jam as people got out of their cars to grab the loose bills Friday morning.

The incident occurred on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, California, around 9:30 a.m. local time, according to the California Highway Patrol.

"One of the doors popped open and some bags of cash fell out," CHP Officer Curtis Martin told local news outlet KNSD. "Some of the bags broke apart in the lanes and there was cash across all the lanes."

Demi Bagby, a social media personality and athlete with more than 2 million followers, posted a video of herself at the scene, showing the cash strewn on the ground.

"This is the most insane thing I've ever seen," Bagby is heard saying in the video, which she posted to her Instagram and TikTok. "Someone dropped money all over the freeway."

"San Diego has shut down, literally it has shut down," she continued, cutting to a clip of her throwing bills into the air.

Reporter Melissa Adan tweeted photos of the aftermath, saying that all that was left on the scene were money bands from the armored truck.

"Several folks have been seen pulling over to search for money," Adan wrote in the tweet. "CHP reminds us you can be arrested for taking this money and urges anyone who did pick up money to return it."

Two suspects who had taken some of the cash were arrested in connection to the money-grabbing incident, law enforcement officials told KNSD.

"I know that cash floating around is a tempting thing for a lot of people but it's not their money, so it needs to go back to the bank and back to the FDIC," Martin said, adding that police obtained video footage with faces and license plate numbers of people who were at the scene.

"So I highly suggest anybody who picked up cash — it's not your cash — so turn it into a CHP officer," Martin continued.

KNSD reported that both the CHP and the San Diego branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are involved in investigating the incident.

"The FBI responded in support of the California Highway Patrol, who has taken the lead on this matter," a spokesperson with the San Diego FBI told Insider. "We will defer questions about the investigation, arrests, and applicable charges to the CHP."

"The public should provide all information regarding this incident and is directed to return all monies, to the CHP," the spokesperson continued.

Representatives from the CHP did not immediately return Insider's request for comment.

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