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Video of Drone With Fireworks A Prank, Not an Act of Revenge

Brazilian influencer Lucas Albert had published this video in July saying that it was a prank on his friends.

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A video showing drones loaded with fire crackers is being falsely shared as an act of revenge.
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CLAIM

A video circulating on social media, showing drones being loaded with fireworks, is being shared with the claim that it was done by an angry man in order to take revenge from his “loud” neighbours.

Journalist Pramod Madhav shared the video on Twitter with the same claim.

Video of Drone With Fireworks A Prank, Not an Act of Revenge
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Screenshot)

The archived version of the tweet can be viewed here.

Several social media users have shared the video on Facebook and YouTube with a similar claim.

The video is being shared widely on Facebook.
The video is being shared widely on Facebook.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Screenshot)

SAME VIDEO SHARED IN JULY IN UNITED STATES

Los Angeles-based President and Host of KenRadio Broadcasting Ken Rutkowski had shared the same video in July with the same claim. He too said that a Brazilian man had pulled off the stunt after getting worked up by his neighbour.

Video of Drone With Fireworks A Prank, Not an Act of Revenge
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Screenshot)

The archived version of the tweet can be viewed here.

TRUE OR FALSE?

The claim along with the video is false. While the incident did happen, it was not done with an intention to extract revenge. Rather, Lucas Albert, a Brazil-based social media influencer, who had published this video on 14 July, played this as a prank on his friends, reported Russian television network RT.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

We divided the video into multiple key frames using InVid and reverse searched each frame on Yandex. This led us to a news report published by RT on 17 July.

The report mentioned that the video was originally posted by Lucas Albert, on his Instagram account on 14 July. The caption along with the post, when translated in English, reads: “My friends had a barbecue on the street and they did not invite me. Look at what I did to them.

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According to RT, Albert said that claims of him having pulled off the act as he was angry with his neighbours was incorrect. He even followed this up with an Instagram stories saying that he was “just joking with his friends,” added the report.

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