Did Fire at CIA Headquarters Reveal Giant Drug Lab?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

  • Published 3 December 2019

Claim

A fire damaged CIA headquarters and revealed a giant drug lab.

Rating

Labeled Satire
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Origin

On Jan. 31, 2017, World News Daily Report published an article positing that a fire had damaged CIA headquarters and in turn revealed a giant drug lab:

Fire Damages CIA Headquarters and Reveals a Gigantic Drug Lab

Langley, Virginia | A major explosion occurred last night at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, igniting a fire which almost completely destroyed an annex of the building and led to the discovery of a suspected drug lab.

The detonation took place around 11:30 pm last night. The powerful blast was heard for miles around the complex and sent plumes of black smoke into the air.

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