Fake News: Boston Man Does NOT Try To 'Fill Scuba Tank With Weed Smoke'; Loses Testicles

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Boston Man Does NOT Try To 'Fill Scuba Tank With Weed Smoke'; Loses Testicles

Did a Boston man try to fill a scuba tank with marijuana smoke and then he lost his testicles in an explosion? No, that's not true: This is a fake story published by a known fake news website that tends to post hoaxes involving men losing parts of their sexual anatomy. This never happened.

The story originated from an article published on April 27, 2019 titled "Boston man tries to 'fill scuba tank with weed smoke'; loses testicles" (archived here) which opened:

A 27-year old Boston local has suffered extensive injuries to his lower body after an unconventional attempt to 'fill a scuba tank with weed smoke' failed spectacularly last Thursday night. According to the testimony of several witnesses, Michael Fitzpatrick had consumed a copious quantity of alcohol before making the decision to demonstrate the home-made device.

"Mike's a recreational diver," commented one of the injured man's friends. "For some time, he's been tinkering with an old scuba tank that he'd bought cheaply from a dive shop. His plan was to use an air compressor to feed smoke into the tank, and then use a scuba regulator to inhale it."

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Boston man tries to 'fill scuba tank with weed smoke'; loses testicles - Boston Leader

A 27-year old Boston local has suffered extensive injuries to his lower body after an unconventional attempt to 'fill a scuba tank with weed smoke' failed spectacularly last Thursday night. According to the testimony of several witnesses, Michael Fitzpatrick had consumed a copious quantity of alcohol before making the decision to demonstrate the home-made device. "Mike's a recreational diver," ...

Besides knowing the source of the post has a business model built on publishing sensational headlines designed to lure you to click onto the website, we can also confirm this story is not true by examining the images used to illustrate the article. The exploded tank photo was first published six years before this story, including on September 24, 2010 in a report titled "2 Polish tourists killed when scuba tank explodes."

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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