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Motorists have been filmed scrambling to pick up cash after an armoured car broke down, spewing dollar bills all over the motorway.

The truck had been on the interstate motorway in Carlsbad in the USA at around 9am when one of the doors reportedly popped open, spilling bags of cash into the road.

Fitness influencer Demi Bagby, who shared a clip of the extraordinary event with her 2.6 million followers online, filmed the incident on her phone.

"This is the most insane thing I've ever seen," she said, "someone dropped money all over the freeway – San Diego has shut down.

"Literally it has shut down, look at the freeway right now, oh my gosh."

Passers-by were reportedly stopping to pick up the cash, while the driver of the vehicle resorted to filming people to try and prevent them from taking it.

Police confirmed that they have made two arrests in connection with the incident, with the California Highway Patrol saying that videos on social media show several people stopping to pick up the cash.

CHP Sergeant Curtis Martin said: "There is a lot of video evidence of people picking up the cash, so we are going to be following up on every lead that we have."

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"We did arrest two suspects on the scene.

"Those two suspects accidentally locked their car so it was blocking lanes of traffic, so they were still here when officers got here, so they're in custody."

The exact quantity of money that was dropped onto the highway is not clear at present, and a police investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, the San-Diego Union-Tribune reported that at least a dozen people had reportedly returned the cash they had picked up to the CHP.

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