FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Meteor Hitting The Baltic Sea In August 2022?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook purportedly shows a meteor hitting the Baltic Sea in August 2022. 

Verdict: False

The video is from a digital effects artist on YouTube. The caption discloses that the video was digitally fabricated.

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A Facebook video appears to show a meteor streaking across the sky before crashing into the ocean, causing a large explosion and a ripple in the waves. The vertical video features dark skies, a barking dog and a siren sounding.

“Meteor hits Baltic Sea?” the caption reads. “It happened in August 2022 in Germany…” The video was also shared on Twitter, where it garnered over 1,900 retweets.

There is no evidence for this claim. Check Your Fact found no credible news reports suggesting that a meteor struck the Baltic Sea in August 2022.  (RELATED: Does This Photo Show An Asteroid That Passed By Earth This Month?)

The video was originally created by French digital effects artist Elias Willnat and can be seen on his Instagram and YouTube. “Made with After Effects and Davinci Resolve,” the YouTube caption reads, confirming the video was digitally fabricated. The publisher’s page also reads “VFX Video Maker.”

There were some meteors that came close to earth, including an approximately 1,200-foot-wide asteroid that passed by the planet Aug. 4, according to Live Science.

This is not the first time a video has been used to spread misinformation. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim Russian soldiers jumped from a bridge.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter

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