Desert Meteor

Claim:   Video clip shows a meteorite striking a pickup truck in the desert.

Status:   False.

Example:     [Collected via e-mail, 2005]

I received this clip about three days ago and wondered if it was true or not? Its of an apparent meteor slamming into the ground right near the person taking the video.

Origins:   A
group of recreationists videotaping their desert outing suddenly spot something unusual in the sky above. It's a meteor! The flaming ball smashes directly into the ground around a passing pickup truck, the blast sending the cameraman and his companions reeling. Amazing! Even more amazingly, the truck is apparently unscathed by the impact, promptly starting up again and driving off to the accompaniment of cheers from the onlookers.

Astounding real-life footage? No, another case of an edited television commercial presented out of context. This clip is taken from a 2005 TV commercial advertising the Toyota Tacoma, produced for the automaker by Method Studios.

Last updated:   16 November 2005