The claim: A video shows a fire at an Italian military warehouse storing COVID-19 vaccines
On Dec. 15, a COVID-19 vaccine mandate went into effect for security forces in Italy. Now, social media users are sharing a video they claim shows a potential response to the measure.
“What are the odds?” reads the caption of a Dec. 17 Facebook post, which features a video of a burning building. “‘Italy: after the mandatory vaccination for all security forces is approved, the military warehouse where the vaccines were stored magically catches fire.'”
While the video shows a genuine fire, the building in flames was not storing COVID-19 vaccines.
USA TODAY reached out to the three social media users who shared the video for comment.
Video shows fire in Italian Carabinieri barracks
iNews24 published the clip in the Facebook post on Dec. 15. It doesn’t show a fire at a military warehouse.
The Italian news outlet reported the fire occurred at the Carabinieri police barracks in Tor di Quinto, Rome, according to a Google translation of the article. The building houses members of the national police force, which also has military duties.
On the same day as the fire, a vaccination mandate already in place for health care workers was extended to school staff and security forces. But there is no evidence the two events are connected.
While the exact cause of the fire is unclear, Italian news outlets reported it started in a “small heater” and then spread through a single building. Other independent fact-checking organizations have debunked the claim in the Facebook post.
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USA TODAY reached out to the Carabinieri General Headquarters for comment.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that a video shows a fire at an Italian military warehouse storing COVID-19 vaccines. The fire broke out at a building in Rome that houses members of the Carabinieri police force. There’s no evidence it was related to COVID-19 vaccines.
Our fact-check sources:
- Reuters, Nov. 24, Italy tightens screws on COVID unvaccinated, extends shot mandate
- iNews24, Dec. 15, Rome: Tor di Quinto police station on fire
- La Reppublica, Dec. 15, Rome, carabinieri barracks in Tor di Quinto fire: a carabiniere was injured. Cloud visible for miles
- Tuscia Web, Dec. 15, Fire in the Tor di Quinto carabinieri barracks, a soldier wounded
- Reuters, Dec. 22, Fact Check-Video shows fire at Italian Carabinieri barracks not a COVID-19 vaccine warehouse
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