FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A UFO In Poland?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Instagram claims to show a UFO being shot down by the air force in Poland. 

Verdict: False

The video depicts a rocket launch in South Korea, not a UFO. There has been no reports of any UFO sightings in Poland.

Fact Check: 

An iron sphere washed up on a Japanese shore with no indication of its origin or what its purpose is, according to The Guardian. Following a string of recent shoot-downs by the U.S. air force, some have been concerned about a potential rise in UFO sightings, The New York Times reported.

An Instagram video allegedly shows a UFO in the night sky in Poland. The video opens with a thin white streak in the sky which then expands as onlookers watch. “The air force shoots down a UFO in Poland,” the caption reads. “See by many witnesses. What do you think of this footage?” (RELATED: Does This Video Show A Recent UFO Being Shot Down?)

The video is miscaptioned. A reverse image search found that the clip stems from a YouTube video posted on Dec. 30, 2022. A photo showing a different angle of the occurrence was posted by Associated Press, with the caption suggesting the light was from South Korea testing a rocket at the time. 

The unannounced launch caused some to make their own theories. Several news outlets reported that many thought it to be a UFO. The military apologized for the scare, explaining they were testing a “homegrown solid-fuel space rocket,” according to The Korea Herald.

This is not the first time misinformation has spread online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video claiming to show the Chinese spy balloon.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter

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