Police in Jilin province burnt 170kg of drugs in front of 3,000 spectators in a “narcotics incineration” ceremony.
As part of a anti-narcotics campaign led by the slogan “full implementation of anti-drug measures, improving anti-drug standards”, the police carried out the incineration in front of spectators and reporters.
“All the drugs burnt today are drugs seized by authorities over the past two years,” said Chen Hungtao, deputy director of the Changchun Anti-Narcotics Unit.
Chen added that public security bodies have closely monitored the use of illegal drugs.
The drugs included marijuana, opium, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy. They were placed in six burning pots and set on fire by the police, according to China News Service.
Netizens from mainland China offered their take on the incident, asking: “Without wearing any protective masks, would the crowd get high together?”
This isn’t the first time authorities from Jilin province burnt drugs publicly. A public drug incineration ceremony was previously carried out in 2013.