Unexpected Money "Downpour" Halts Traffic in Kuwait

By Meera Dolasia on March 23, 2015

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We have heard of it raining frogs and even spiders, but cold hard cash? That has to be a first! While it may be hard to believe, a sudden "downpour" of money is exactly what some lucky residents of Kuwait recently experienced.

The video footage of the incident that occurred on February 9th was posted on YouTube. It shows traffic coming to a halt as residents chase down the 500 AED notes ($140 USD) that are being blown across the streets by the strong winds. While the incident was initially reported as having occurred in Dubai, a closer look at the video revealed that the money "rain" was near the Burj Jassem in Kuwait City.

According to some news reports the notes were blown away by a strong sandstorm as some bank employees were trying to fill an ATM. However, no financial institution has thus far taken credit for the incident. But the few residents fortunate enough to get a piece of what some estimate was as much as 2.7mm AED ($750,000 USD) are not concerned about where this unexpected bonanza came from. They are just happy to have been at the right place at the right time.

This is not the first-time money has been spotted flying around. In December 2014, Christmas came early for some Hong Kong residents when three boxes containing a total of HK $52.5 million ($6.8 mm USD) spilled onto a busy motorway from a security vehicle. Though the police were able to recover most of the money, HK $15.2 million ($2 million USD) is still missing!

Resources: scmp.com,arabianbusiness.com,thenationalae.com

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  1. What did some residents in Kuwait encounter on February 9th?
  2. Where was the incident originally thought to have taken place?

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  • habug
    habugFriday, February 3, 2017 at 7:57 am
    • lemonade11
      lemonade11Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 5:18 pm
      That is the coolest thing! talk about being at the right place at the right time. Whats next? money growing in trees?
      • iifreeze
        iifreezeWednesday, November 16, 2016 at 4:41 pm
        • Derp MasterTuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8:19 am
          this was really interesting! :D
          • monkey dog Monday, June 13, 2016 at 10:31 am
            this is so cool like omg :0 I legit just bought a ticket like 5 minutes ago what coincidence
            • hliu2005Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:12 pm
              • salene
                saleneMonday, March 7, 2016 at 5:05 pm
                Like, whoa... Can it actually RAIN money?!?!?!?!?!?!? Again, like wow!!! Oh, also COOLIO!!! Btw please follow me. I will follow you back. I go on Dogo News every day. I will check if anyone followed me and then I will follow them back. I PROMISE!! I don't care if you are a boy or girl. :D
                • skydragon
                  skydragonMonday, March 7, 2016 at 3:53 pm
                  Hold on. So it can actually rain money?? SO LUCKY!!!!
                  • salene
                    saleneMonday, March 7, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                  • miss know it alWednesday, February 17, 2016 at 6:25 am
                    I do not wish that happening to USA never!
                    • wiitThursday, January 14, 2016 at 10:05 am

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