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Fact Check: Viral Clip Claiming A Truck With Fireworks For Inauguration Of Ram Temple In Ayodhya Caught Fire Is Misleading

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A video, claiming a truck carrying fireworks from Tamil Nadu to Ayodhya for the inauguration of the Ram temple on January 22, 2024 caught fire, has gone viral on social media. Many users claim it to be true.

A Facebook user posted the viral post with a caption:
*Truck carrying fireworks to Ayodhya catches fire*
*A truck carrying fireworks from Tamil Nadu to Ayodhya caught on fire in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday night*
*Video recorded by locals show the truck engulfed in flames as a series of fireworks shoot out of it. Officials said the truck was on fire for over three hours before the flames was extinguished*

You can check the post here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post, and found it to be misleading.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, the NM team identified a tweet comment on the official handle of Unnao Police, carrying the viral video. While the police department did acknowledge that the truck carrying fireworks caught fire, they corrected that it was headed towards Bahraich in UP. There were also no fatalities in the accident. 

We also came across an official statement by the Unnao Police Department on their official X handle, dated January 17, 2024. Here too, they explicitly clarified that the truck carrying fireworks, stationery, posters of artists and gods, and other shop supplies was headed towards Bahraich. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post, claiming a truck carrying fireworks for the Ayodhya Temple inauguration caught fire, is misleading.

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