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Fact Check-Nighttime video of an explosion dates to 2015 warehouse explosion in Tianjin, China

A clip of a nighttime explosion in a built-up area was filmed in 2015 in a storage facility in the port city of Tianjin, China. The clip was miscaptioned by social media users in February 2022, with claims that the video was filmed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The 39-second clip shows footage of an explosion with two high-rise buildings visible.

One user shared the video via Twitter and said: “A very sad moment in Ukraine. #RussiaUkraineConflict #Ukraine” (here). The clip had more than 42,000 views at the time of writing.

Another said: “when the rich wage war it's the poor who die". #Donbass #PUTIN #NATO #USA #JoeBiden #RussiaUkraineCrisis #RussiaUcraina #StopWar #StandWithUkraine #Biden” (here).

Examples of the video shared to social media and misattributed by users can be seen (here), (here), (here), (here), (here).

The clip is not recent, however, and is unrelated to the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

A reverse image search reveals that the video was published by numerous outlets, including BBC News, The Guardian and ITV News in August 2015 (archive.is/Qx6xi), (bit.ly/3LY3z5T), (here), (here), (here).

According to BBC News, the clip was filmed by eyewitness Dan van Duren.

Reuters also reported on the two explosions at the time, which tore through an industrial complex where toxic chemicals and gas were stored killing at least 50 people, including at least a dozen fire fighters, according to officials and state media (here).

Meanwhile, the latest Reuters reporting on the developing situation in Ukraine can be seen (www.reuters.com/places/ukraine).

VERDICT

Miscaptioned. A nighttime video of an explosion in a built-up region is of a 2015 explosion in a warehouse in Tianjin, China. The clip is unrelated to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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