Claim: A getaway car was struck by lightning after its occupants robbed a church.
Examples: [Collected via email, December 2014]
There’s a video circulating on Facebook that claims that the car in the video was someone who had just robbed a church and was struck by lightning. True?
Origins: On 16 December 2014, a video that purportedly showed a car being struck by lightning spread virally on Facebook, accompanied by a news story claiming the passengers in the vehicle had just robbed a church in
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — An group of masked men robbed a church in
While the story is certainly fantastic, it is also completely false. There have not been any recent reports of a church being robbed in
The vehicle shown in the video above was not fleeing the scene of a church heist. As for the lightning? Well, that was also the work of someone’s imagination.
The video was uploaded by World TV News on
As for the video itself, there are several factors that prove this is a hoax. First, the video is clearly edited at the moment of the lightning strike. A split second before the screen goes white there is a snowy hill on the right side of the screen:
A split second later, however, the hill is gone:
Pausing the video at the moment of the supposed lightning strike also makes it clear the video shows a head-on collision and not the wrath of an angry god:
Indeed, the full, unedited version of the video shows this to be an ordinary head-on collision and not a Wrath of God lightning strike on a vehicle fleeing a church heist:
Last updated: 23 December 2014