This video shows different incidents in Lebanon, Thailand and South Korea
A video showing massive explosions has been viewed hundreds of times on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows explosions at an armory in China following massive floods in July 2021. The claim is false: the video actually shows three different explosions and fire incidents in Lebanon, Thailand and South Korea. As of July 30, 2021, there is no report of any armory explosion in China following the floods this month.
The one-minute, 57-second video was posted here on Facebook on July 25, 2021.
It had been viewed more than 400 times before it was removed.
The post's Indonesian-language caption reads in part: "China's armory exploded in a fire this morning...
"Flash Flood was on Saturday, 19th, now the armory is destroyed, may Allah destroy everything... Amen."
Text in traditional Chinese characters that appears throughout the video reads: "Big blast at a Japanese chemical plant in Thailand".
The video was also posted here with a claim that it shows an explosion at an aluminium factory in China.
Floods in central China's Henan province in July 2021 killed at least 71 people, including 14 who were trapped in a flooded subway in the city of Zhengzhou, AFP reported here.
However, the claims are false.
A combination of reverse image and keyword searches found the video comprises four different clips that show three different incidents in Lebanon, Thailand and South Korea.
The first clip
The first clip matches the scenes in this video posted by France-based Berbere Television, on Facebook on August 4, 2020, titled: "Explosions in Beirut".
Translated from French, the post's caption reads: "Explosions in Beirut - A strong explosion rocked the port area of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, at around 5:10 p.m. (1:10 a.m. local time) on Tuesday, leaving dozens injured, according to a security source and correspondents from Agence France-Presse (AFP) on the ground."
AFP also published a video report of the blast in Beirut here on YouTube on August 4, 2020.
The massive explosion killed more than 100 people, wounded thousands and left 300,000 homeless, AFP reported here.
Below is the screenshot comparison between the first misleading clip (L) and the Berbere Television video (R):
The second clip
The second clip is a CCTV footage capturing the moment when a factory exploded in Samut Prakan province, Thailand, on July 5, 2021, which can be seen in this video, published on the website of video licensing agency Newsflare.
The video's headline reads: "Terrifying moment couple watching TV see room EXPLODE from factory blast in Thailand."
The accident killed one firefighter and injuring at least 33 people, AFP reported here.
Below is a screenshot comparison between the second misleading clip (L) and the Newsflare video (R):
The third clip
The third clip match the scenes seen in this YouTube video posted on July 6, 2021.
Translated from Thai to English, the post's title reads: "Ming Dih chemical factory explosion".
The Thai text superimposed on the video says: "Fire at Ming Dih chemical factory, Samut Prakan".
Thai Rath newspaper also published a picture in the report about the explosion here, showing the same scene as seen in the third clip.
Below is a screenshot comparison between the third misleading clip (L) and the genuine YouTube video (R):
The fourth clip
The fourth clip shows the same scenes in this video uploaded on YouTube on July 3, 2021.
Translated from Korean to English, the YouTube post is titled: "Major fire breaks out at Kumho Chemical Industry in Sihwa Industrial Complex."
The first paragraph of the post's caption reads: "At around 9:57 pm on the 2nd, a major fire broke out at at the Kumho Chemical Industry, a polyurethane manufacturer, in Sihwa Industrial Complex, and the fire was not completely put out until around four hours later at 2:00 am on the 3rd."
National news channel YTN also reported on the blast here on July 3, 2021.
Below is a screenshot comparison between the fourth misleading clip (L) and the genuine YouTube video (R):
As of July 30, 2021, there is no report of any armory explosion in China following the massive floods.