Fact Check: Video of Tamil Nadu accident passed off as electric scooter exploding

A graphic video of a scooter exploding on the road and commuters killed on the spot is going viral with the claim that it was an electric scooter

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  14 Nov 2021 10:40 AM GMT
Fact Check: Video of Tamil Nadu accident passed off as electric scooter exploding

Hyderabad: A graphic video of a scooter exploding on the road and commuters killed on the spot is going viral with the claim that it was an electric scooter. It is being claimed that the electric scooter exploded and the rider was burned alive in Bhattara village in Bangalore Rural.

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Fact Check:

The claim that it was an electric scooter that exploded is FALSE. The posts also state that the incident occurred in Bangalore Rural which is also FALSE.

NewsMeter extracted keyframes from the video and ran a Google reverse image search. We found that the incident took place in Tamil Nadu more than a week ago, before Diwali.

According to Hindustan Times, a man and his seven-year-old son were killed on 6 November when a bag of country-made firecrackers they were carrying on their scooter exploded near Chinna Kottakuppam, between Puducherry and Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district.

CCTV footage of the explosion showed the two-wheeler suddenly bursting into flames as it crossed a police barricade.

According to the police, both victims were thrown around 10-15 metres away from the blast site. The CCTV footage showed two bikers falling off their vehicles due to the blast while those approaching from behind applied brakes on time. People could be seen rushing to the spot after the blast which resulted in heavy smoke at the site. (Source: Financial Express)

IndiaTimes said the man was identified as Kalainesan, a native of Ariyankuppam in Puducherry. He and his son, Pradeesh, were on their way to his in-law's house in Koonimedu in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu.

While it could not be ascertained as to what caused the firecrackers to explode, it is assumed that one of the bags accidentally ignited from friction or overheating, causing the massive explosion. Two other bikers were also injured in the powerful explosion.

Hence, the claim that the video shows an electric scooter exploding is FALSE. The video is from an incident in Tamil Nadu when a father and son were killed after their two-wheeler, carrying firecrackers, exploded.

Claim Review:Video of electric scooter exploding
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Claim Fact Check:False
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