A New Zealand police department's marijuana disposal went to pot when the incinerated cannabis' smoke wafted into a nearby supermarket parking lot. Screenshot: Storyful
TURANGI, New Zealand, April 19 (UPI) -- A New Zealand police department is revising procedures after an attempt to destroy marijuana by incineration left visitors to a nearby store feeling mellow.
Adam Green, a local radio host, posted a video to Instagram and Facebook Friday showing how the plume of sweet-smelling smoke was wafting from the Turangi police station to the parking lot of the supermarket across the street.
"That smoke coming out of the chimney is wafting over, straight into the New World carpark and man does it smell like the old ganja over there," Green says in the video. "Here comes a good cloud wafting past now. I might just stand here for a moment."
Green's video was shared by the Turangi Facebook page, where residents had a little fun with the news.
"Couldn't believe it when I walked right by the police station and into the heavy smoke with my three-year-old son," Maria Borum wrote in a comment. "Maybe that's why he slept so well last night."
Police apologized for hotboxing the parking lot.
"Unfortunately...given the conditions [and] the wind I understand the smoke did drift further than anticipated," Taupo Area Commander Warwick Morehu told Stuff.co.nz. "I apologize on my staff's behalf to the community and we have already taken measures to change our practice and procedures going forward into the future."
"It is certainly not our intention to cause harm or alarm to our people in Turangi," Morehu said.