Three drivers have been forced to surrender their cars after performing extensive burnouts in a Wodonga street during lockdown.
The trio created so much smoke in their vehicles, firefighters initially thought a building was on fire.
Police were called to Chisholm Court on August 22 after being alerted by the smoke.
The drivers were identified following investigations and were ordered to surrender their vehicles.
Because the driving occurred during lockdown, the trio are facing charges for breaching the Chief Health Officer's orders, as well as driving matters.
Wodonga Senior Constable Owen Clarke said their vehicles had recently been impounded, where they will remain for 30 days.
"We've had burnouts happen before where people have lost control and clipped pedestrians," he said.
"The smoke can obscure obstacles and there's the potential people can be hit.
"It's just incredibly disrespectful."
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The incident left shredded tyres in the area and rubber on the road.
The behaviour was caught on security cameras, which helped to identify those responsible.
Senior Constable Clarke said such behaviour was disruptive to others in the court.
"It's certainly frustrating for business owners," he said.
"The street has been turned into something that looks awful."
The impounds will cost $1115, with further costs likely if the lockdown breaches and driving offences are proven.
The drivers will face court on summons at a later date.
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