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Thousands of cartons of cigarettes wash up on British beaches

By Mason White 10:47 AM February 26, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) Who wouldn’t like free cigarettes? Thousands of cartons of cigarettes, including Marlboro Reds and Marlboro Menthols, washed up on beaches.

Government officials learned that the cigarettes belonged to a shipping company.

During a heavy rainstorm and strong winds, several shipping containers fell off the vessel. Shipping company Svendborg Maersk, began losing containers off northern France, after it was hit with 30 foot waves and 60 knots of winds.

A staggering 520 containers have gone overboard. This is reportedly the most containers to ever fall overboard. The company said that 85 percent of the containers were empty and the others held dry goods.

Several containers have washed up on the Devon and Dorset beaches. Those contained millions of cigarettes.
HMRC officials said that all cigarettes will be burned to produce electricity.

Crews are working to recover the estimated $5 million worth of cigarettes which fell overboard.