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Indonesian police get residents high with marijuana bonfire

By
Ben Hooper
A pile of marijuana. Photo by zlikovec/Shutterstock
A pile of marijuana. Photo by zlikovec/Shutterstock

WEST JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 27 (UPI) -- Police in Indonesia set fire to more than 3 tons of marijuana, inadvertently causing several witnesses and nearby residents to get high from the smoke.

Palmerah police set fire to 3.6 tons of marijuana in a field outside their West Jakarta office March 11, and several reporters and other witnesses reported dizziness and other effects associated with marijuana consumption.

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Some residents living nearby the station reported the smoke wafted into their windows and caused intoxicating effects.

The police officers tending the fire wore protective masks.

A representative from Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency said the smoke inhalation would not lead to any long-term health problems.

Police also disposed of thousands of ecstasy pills and a large amount of crystal meth -- but they chose to blend those drugs rather than throw them on the fire.

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