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Video of a truck catching fire in Pune is passed off as that from Hyderabad.


A post accompanying a video of a truck catching fire is being shared on social media with a claim that the incident happened on the Gachibowli flyover, Hyderabad. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

The archived version of this post can be found here

Claim: Oil tanker explosion on Gachibowli flyover, Hyderabad.

Fact: This incident of truck catching fire took place on the Warje bridge, Pune at least a month ago. Cyberabad traffic police have confirmed the same through a tweet. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

Reverse image search of the screenshots of the video in the post yielded us few YouTube suggestions which carried similar visuals. These can be seen here, here, and here. All these videos are uploaded in the first week of December 2020.  Description of one such video reads ‘TRUCK BLAST AT WARJE FLYOVER/PUNE BANGLORE HIGHWAY ACCIDENT’.

Taking a cue from the YouTube videos, Google search with relevant keywords led us to a month old local news article that reported the incident. According to this news article, the incident happened on the Warje bridge of Bengaluru-Pune highway.

Further Google search led us to a tweet by Cyberabad Traffic Police which cleared the air surrounding the location of the incident. The tweet confirms that the incident took place on Warje bridge, Pune a few days ago. Also, the tweet categorically stated that no such incident happened in Hyderabad. All these establish that the incident indeed happened in Pune but not in Hyderabad.

To sum it up, this incident of a truck catching fire happened in Pune, not in Hyderabad.


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