Fact Check: This Explosion Did NOT Happen in 2022 -- It's A 2012 Controlled Explosion In Germany

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: This Explosion Did NOT Happen in 2022 -- It's A 2012 Controlled Explosion In Germany 2012 Germany

Is this footage of Russia bombing Ukraine? Did this explosion happen in 2022? No, that's not true: This is a controlled explosion from 2012 in Munich.

The claim appeared in a TikTok video (archived here) on February 14, 2022. Text above the video read:

Russland 😩 #viral #krieg #ffouryoupage #russia #ukraine

This is what the TikTok post looked like at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Thu Feb 24 14:42:17 2022 UTC)

This explosion did not happen in 2022, but in Germany in 2012. A bomb from World War II had not exploded for 67 years. On August 28, 2012, the bomb finally did go off and startled the city of Munich.

Here is the same scene from the TikTok video in an article about the 2012 Munich explosion.

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(Source: Bild.de screenshot taken on Thu Feb 24 15:20:45 2022 UTC)

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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