FACT CHECK: Video Claims To Show Maui Wildfires

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on X, the website formerly known as Twitter, claims to show the Maui wildfires.

Verdict: False

The footage is from May 2023 and is from Chile, not Hawaii. It shows a transformer explosion.

Fact Check:

A wildfire swept through the town of Lahaina in Maui, which has killed nearly 100 people, according to The Associated Press. While most of the town was devastated, the Maria Lanakila Church survived, the outlet reported.

Social media users have been claiming to show “disturbing new footage from Maui fires” that shows a beam of light hitting a building. The video’s caption reads, “Disturbing New FOOTAGE from Maui fires shows what allegedly happened#Hawaii #Hawaiifire #Maui #MauiFires #lahainafire.”

However, this video is from May 2023. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video was taken in Chile, not Hawaii. The video was debunked by Chilean outlet CHV Noticas on YouTube. (RELATED: Does This Video Show Volodymyr Zelenskyy Dancing With A Rocket Launcher?)

“The explosion of a transformer due to the strong wind this week was captured by a video that went viral on social networks. An optical effect makes it appear that a strange light is generating the explosion. The theories that arose and what really happened in the following note,” the video’s description reads.

Social media users often share misinformation around the Russian-Ukrainian war. Check Your Fact previously fact-checked a video claiming that 68 Leopard tanks were destroyed.

Elias Atienza

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