Man High on Meth Arrested for Throwing Cash Out of His Window Onto People Below, Police Say

A man who scattered money from a high-rise building while "in a haze" and high on meth has been arrested by Chinese police.

Officers were called to a neighborhood in Chongqing's Shapingba District, in southwestern China, after bystanders gathered along Tianli Road to watch the resident "rain money from the sky," local media reported.

The Shapingba Public Security Bureau gave the surname of the man, 29, as Bo. He faces charges of narcotics abuse.

Cell phone videos taken by passers-by as well as one of the man's neighbors showed countless 100 renminbi ($14.80) bills slowly falling to the ground from Bo's 30th-floor apartment during the incident on October 17.

In the footage, Bo appears to lean out his balcony window before discarding wads of money, some of which were collected by witnesses below.

Local media reported the stunt as having "stopped traffic" as pedestrians and drivers alike rushed to catch the falling red bills with Mao Zedong's face printed on them.

The official district police statement put on Weibo—China's tightly controlled Twitter-like microblogging service—said: "At about 1:30 p.m. on October 17, 29-year-old Shapingba District resident Bo used methamphetamine in his home and, in a haze, threw money toward the ground from his balcony.

"After receiving reports, Shapingba District police arrived on the scene. Bo is currently in police custody for drug abuse. The incident continues to be investigated."

The authorities did not reveal how much money Bo threw from his balcony, although media reports put the amount at roughly 200,000 renminbi.

Members of the public are expected to return the cash, but so far no official request has been announced by police.

In September last year, a 42-year-old man from Shishi, Fujian Province, scattered more than 100,000 renminbi onto a busy street after a "bad day at work," local police said at the time.

After the similarly traffic-stopping event, the authorities put out a plea on his behalf after he "regretted" his actions, with a police statement urging the public to be "reasonable."

It was unclear how much of his cash was eventually recovered.

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File photo: A 100 renminbi bill carrying the portrait of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images