Drivers in southern California have scrambled to pick up cash after bags of money fell out of an armoured vehicle on a motorway.

Videos online showed people rushing to gather up notes that littered the major road in Carlsbad, Southern California- with some laughing and leaping while clutching wads and hurling them into the air.

'literally everyone stopped on the freeway to get money off of the freeway," said bodybuilder demi bagby, who posted footage of the chaotic aftermath on her instagram page.

Several bags broke open, spreading money- mainly $ 1 and $ 20 bills- all over Interstate 5 on Friday morning as the truck was heading from San Diego to an office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, authorities said.

"One of the doors popped open and bags of cash fell out," California Highway Patrol ( CHP ) Sergeant Curtis Martin said.

Two people were arrested at the scene, and Martin said others found to have taken any of the money could face criminal charges.

He noted that bystanders had taken plenty of video and that the CHP and FBI were investigating, and urged anyone who had taken money was urged to bring it to the CHP office in Vista.

The money flew out of the trunk after the back door flew open. The FBI and CHP are investigating as to why the door opened

Anyone who took money was urged to hand it in to CHP in Vista.

authorities did not immediately say how much money was lost although at least a dozen people had returned cash they collected to the chp by friday afternoon, the san diego union-tribune.

"People are bringing in a lot," he said, without giving a figure.

"People got a lot of money."

The freeway was reopened just under two hours after the incident.

"This is the most insane thing I 've ever seen," she says in the clip, which then shows the usually busy motorway abandoned.

Fisher estimated there were thousands of dollars scattered across the roadway.

Other commenters focused on the driver of the vehicle, writing : 'Someone's getting fired. '

Several people stayed behind to look for more money

It happened on the Interstate 5 in California's San Diego county.

Officer Bettencourt said anyone who stopped to pick up money could "possibly be facing charges".

"It was free-floating bills all over."

Highway police officials said the FBI were involved and urged people who grabbed cash to come forward.

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