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Bags Of Cash Litter Road On I-270 In Maryland

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Bags of cash exploded all over the road on I-270 Friday.
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Bags of cash exploded all over the road on I-270 Friday.

It's certainly not something you see every day on your morning commute: thousands of dollars spilled from an armored truck traveling along northbound I-270 near Hyattstown in Maryland. One witness says it was like "a snow globe of cash."

Heather Kelly, an attorney from Northwest D.C., says she was on her way to her law office in Frederick just past 9 a.m. this morning, when two plastic bags filled with nearly $9,000 in cash fell from an unsecured door of an armored cash transport truck.

"Upon impact, the plastic bags exploded," says State Police Sgt. Mark Cummings.

Kelly says dozens of cars pulled over on both lanes of the highway, grabbing fistfuls and armfuls of money.

"People were out of their cars on the shoulder, grabbing money -- trying to get what they could," says Kelly. "It was like that game show where there's the glass booth and the money is blowing around in the glass booth that's short of what it looked like it was flying everywhere."

While as many as three dozen cars pulled over to try and snag the loose cash, police received only two calls about it. Sgt. Cummings says the motorists who pulled over were able to snatch up much of the money, but not all of it.

"Before we got on the scene, an elderly man and woman were on the shoulder of the road, and gave it directly to the driver of thre transport truck; they returned approximately $100 to the company."

State Police are asking for the money back to return to the armored car company. They say just stop by the Rockville Barracks and they'll accept the cash, no questions asked.

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