23:32 GMT27 September 2020
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    Approximately 15,000 people converged on San Francisco’s Hippie Hill for the annual 4/20 celebration -- and reportedly left behind several tons of trash.

    While the massive smoke out was mostly peaceful, portions of the city’s famed Golden Gate Park were left a mess in the aftermath, and it will reportedly cost some $100,000 to clean up.

    “Not exactly a leave no trace moment out there,” San Francisco Recreation and Park Department manager Phil Ginsburg told KPIX 5.

    The smokeout also had an incident where a “stampede” broke out in the early evening after witnesses claimed they saw someone brandishing a gun. The incident was branded a false alarm.

    “It’s a mess out here, and I have 40 people working out here this morning. This will cost the city $100,000. Probably by the time we’re done, this will cost my department $30,000 to $50,000 in staff time,” Ginsburg stated.

    While smoking is banned in the park, the rule is not strictly enforced during the annual gathering — though juvenile probation officers were on hand to keep children out of the area.

    Eight people were arrested throughout the day.

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