A coin spill forced the temporary closure of Wu Hu Street in Hung Hom as police swooped down to recover the money.
The coins in HK$1 and HK$2 dollar denominations were scattered in an area with a radius of four to five feet, Sing Tao Daily reports.
A nylon bag lay on the street as officers scooped up the cash “like children collecting sea shells”, according to witnesses.
Investigators said the bag likely fell from a vehicle and burst open after being run over by a car.
The incident happened in the early hours on Thursday near 44 Wu Hu Street.
Police closed the road and about 3,000 coins were later recovered.
Residents said the bag could have fallen from a minibus.
Minibus drivers said they are usually handed plastic bags in which to put coins collected from passengers and pass them to colleagues who are responsible for bringing them to head office.
On Christmas Eve in 2014, about HK$52 million in cash was accidentally dumped from an armored vehicle in Wan Chai.
More than HK$15 million was scooped up by passers-by, eight of whom were later arrested.
Three were convicted of theft and sentenced to jail for five months, one month and to 240 hours of community service.
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