KEY POINTS

  • The man was allegedly high on methamphetamine
  • The cash shower caused a huge traffic block
  • The video footage of the incident went viral

money rain The video footage showed the traffic jam when people left their cars to pick the money Photo: pixabay

The late afternoon commuters of the street of Chongqing in south-western China were in for a surprise on Oct. 17,  when hundreds of bank notes were thrown off a 30th floor balcony, creating a 'heavenly rain of money'.

The  video of the stunt has been going viral on social media with more than half a millon views already. The 'benevolent' man behind the cash shower is a 29-year-old who was allegedly high on drugs when the incident happened, Guardian reported.

The video footage showed the traffic block in the area as people left their vehicles to pick up the currency notes. While the traffic started to crawl at some places, it was completely halted in other areas on the otherwise busy street.

In no time, police detained the young man on the grounds of drug abuse. He was taken into custody and an investigation has started, said the police officials in a statement. The man, who was in a trance, was allegedly high on methamphetamine and is receiving medical treatment.

It is not the first time that people have showered currency in China. On Sept. 11, 2019, Huang from South East China, showered 100,000 yuan ($14,052) in the air. It was reported that the man, who had a bad day at work, acted out on an impulse and later asked for his money back. His actions caused a bad traffic jam and passers-by fell over each other while trying to pick the money.

A similar incident was reported in Chongqing in 2017 when a woman threw 16,000 yuan ($2300) because she was in a bad mood. It was reported that the woman walked into the traffic while throwing bank notes behind her, followed by a policeman who had to pick them up.