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It looks like Miley Cyrus' shocking MTV EMAs moment may have sparked more than just a controversy.

According to the Agence France-Presse, authorities in Amsterdam are investigating how the Disney darling was able to break the rules at the smoke-free awards-show venue.

According to police, the Ziggo Dome has a strict nonsmoking policy that was clearly compromised when the "Wrecking Ball" singer lit up what appeared to be a joint onstage during an acceptance speech.

"We received complaints about smoking which was also seen on television. We have to investigate," said Tjitte Mastenbroek of the National Food and Consumer Authority.

Masternbroek added that authorities will be meeting with the management at the venue to discuss details of Sunday evening.

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"There is a smoking ban in public places in the Netherlands," Mr Mastenbroek added. "Employees have the right to a smoke-free environment and this includes camera and sound personnel."

And it seems that it wasn't just millions of viewers that were left shocked after Cyrus' public puff.

Danni Damman, a spokesperson for the arena, told reporters that the speech "caught us by surprise."

"It's not easy to interfere in a moment like that," Damman explained.

After meeting with management the authority would decide what steps to take next, he said.

Although marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, the country decriminalized possession of less than five grams in 1976.

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