People with shovels descend on protected sand dune after influencers say they buried $1,000 in a suitcase there

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The event aimed to create buzz around the DN7 Festival, which will be held in March at a stadium in Maspalomas, a tourist resort on Gran Canaria, El Pas reported.

“We received $1,000 to promote the event and instead of burning it in TV commercials, we are going to hide it all over the island,” he added. a video for the event said, according to the Times of London.

“The first person to find it gets to keep it,” organizers said.

Screenshots and videos showed dozens of people crowding the dunes of Maspalomas, with the caption: “Here we go for the 1,000 euros.”

The dunes are considered a special nature reserve with “incalculable ecological value”, according to the official tourism website for the island.

The designation aims to slow human-caused erosion, which washes about 45,000 cubic meters of sand into the sea each year, the tourism website says.

Visitors are only supposed to use designated routes to cross the dunes.

The island’s environmental office announced to X on Sunday that it was opening an investigation.

She later said she saw no impact on the area’s animal or plant life and that the landscape itself had been restored, El Pas reported.

Despite this, Gran Canaria said it would fine the festival around $650 for breaking the rules, according to the outlet.

DN7 Music Festival did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

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