FACT CHECK: Did U.S. Marines ‘Neutralize’ A FEMA Convoy In Hawaii?
A post shared on Facebook claims the U.S. Marines Corps “neutralized” a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) convoy in Hawaii.
The claim is inaccurate. It was originally posted by a website known for publishing satire.
Officials in Maui County, Hawaii, have released a list of 388 people still “unaccounted for” following the Aug. 8 wildfire in Lahaina, the county’s most devastating wildfire in a century, according to The Washington Post. The death toll from the disaster has reached at least 115 as officials continue to search for missing people, The Independent reported.
The Facebook post purports there was a “shootout” at a FEMA location in Hawaii. The post shared a video.
“U.S. Marines Neutralize Fleeing FEMA Convoy in Maui.” The post’s caption reads, in part, “US Marines in a shootout a FEMA in Hawaii. If you believe the government can be trusted you have your own set of problems. No amount of facts or truths will convince you otherwise good luck to you.”
The claim is inaccurate, however. There are no credible news reports to suggest this took place. (RELATED: Did U.S. Marines Catch FBI Agents Trying To Sabotage A Substation In Idaho?)
The article stems from a website called Real Raw News. The site’s “About Us” contains the disclaimer, “This website contains humor, parody, and satire.” Check Your Fact has debunked numerous other claims from this site. The post includes a link to a video that simply shows screenshots from the article.
“There is no basis for that claim,” a Department of Defense spokesperson told Check Your Fact in an email.
Check Your Fact has reached out to FEMA for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.