The Burmese military government, in a fiery show of its anti-narcotics policy, burned stocks of illegal drugs with an estimated street value of $500 million, the state-run newspaper reported Saturday.

The bonfire of heroin, opium and opium deriatives was set Thursday in Kokaung State, located in the "Golden Triangle" opium-producing area of northeast Burma, according to reports in the government-owned Working People's Daily. The blaze was witnessed by four U.N. and U.S. narcotics agents, the newspaper said.The report said the drugs had an estimated U.S. street value of more than $500 million. Their wholesale value in Burma would be less than $5 million.