Fact Check: No, image of truck explosion is from California, not Myanmar

An image showing a truck on fire is being widely shared on social media with the claim that it is from Monywa in Myanmar.

By Tejal Sinha  Published on  24 Oct 2021 11:24 AM GMT
Fact Check: No, image of truck explosion is from California, not Myanmar

Hyderabad: An image showing a truck on fire is being widely shared on social media with the claim that it is from Monywa in Myanmar.


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Fact Check

The claim is false.

NewsMeter performed a Google reverse image search which led us to a report published on the website 10News on 6 September 2019. According to the report, "A U.S. Marine Corps truck caught fire on northbound Interstate 5 in Oceanside Friday afternoon, backing up traffic on the busy freeway. Witnesses reported the military vehicle on fire with small explosions about 1 p.m., according to Oceanside Fire Division Chief Pete Lawrence. Two Marines were in the truck when "they heard a loud bang and immediately saw smoke and fire in the rear of the cab," Lawrence said. The troops escaped without injury."

The report also included a tweet by a Twitter user who had shared a video of the incident. The tweet read, "Severe fire on a military convoy traveling Northbound on I-5 in Oceanside, CA".

Another report by The San Diego Union Tribune published on 6 September 2019 said, "One fire official said it appears that equipment failure severed the hydraulic line, causing the fire. And the fire's heat led several tires on the 10-tire truck to explode. The fire was reported shortly after 1 p.m. on northbound I-5 near Oceanside Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol's online traffic log. The truck, alongside the road, was engulfed in fire."

We compared the viral image with the original image and confirmed that both are similar.


It is therefore evident that the claim made through the viral post is false as the image of the truck on fire is from California and not Myanmar.


Claim Review:Image of a truck explosion in Myanmar.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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