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Old Fireworks Simulation Video Shared With Misleading Claims Related To 2020 Olympic Games

A social media user claims that 2020 Olympic Games fireworks were displayed recently even though the Games have been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. It further states that fireworks were displayed since it could not be kept until the Games in July 2021. 

Amar Prasad Reddy, media advisor to the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare (as per his Twitter profile) also tweeted the video in context with the claim. 

This claim has been shared by many other users on social media. You can see a few examples below. 

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3151279924938632&id=100001699652423
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=155504676144221&id=110729270621762

Fact Check/ Verification

Through a reverse image search of the video in context on InVid, an online verification tool, we came across a link to a website titled, FWsim Mount Fuji Synchronized Fireworks Show2 GIF | Gfycat” 

InVid reverse image search result of the viral video on 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games fireworks.
InVid reverse image search result of the viral video on 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games fireworks

Created in March 2017, the GIF in the above website showed a keyframe identical to one in the claim’s video (you can see this at 23 seconds). With 2.5K views at the time of writing this fact check, the GIF linked a Youtube video as it’s source. 

The above Youtube video titled, “FWsim Mount Fuji Synchronized Fireworks Show2” was posted in December 2015 by an account named hiramu55bocaboca. This is a longer version of the video from the claim. With over 3.3 million views its description said that it’s a simulation video. It also included a link to fwsim.com, an online firework simulation software. 

Firework simulation software website
Firework simulation software website

This video has been verified by other fact checkers as well.  

Conclusion 

The claim which states that 2020 Olympic Games fireworks were displayed recently even though the Games have been postponed due to ongoing pandemic is misleading. Video used in the claim is a simulation video created using fwsim software in 2015. 

Result: Misleading 

Our Sources

FWsim Mount Fuji synchronized fireworks GIF

Youtube video

FWsim software website 


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