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Fake News: Syracuse Groom's Genitals NOT Blown Off by Best Man After Firework Explodes.

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:56:35 Z)

Were the genitals of a groom from Syracuse (New York) blown off by a bottle rocket taped to them by the best man during a bachelor party? No, that's not real: the horrible story was posted by a fake news website imitating the style and domain name of Fox News but it is not real. The site is part of a larger network of sites run by a man who likes to invent tales about bizarre accidents and weird crimes, presumably to make some money off advertising when they go viral. The story is false.

The story originated from an article published on foxnews-us.com (not foxnews.com) August 19, 2018 titled "Syracuse Groom's genitals blown off by Best man after firework explodes." (archived here) which opened:

SYRACUSE NY - A Syracuse man was rushed to hospital with horrific groin injuries and burns after a bottle rocket firework that was taped to his genitals exploded.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 6:40 p.m Saturday, according to Walter Williams, a spokesman for the local Fire Rescue.

Witnesses stated, the men were all celebrating a bachelor party, when the night took a tragic turn for the worst. "It was just another prank we were playing on the groom, we had seen it done on youtube, we thought it would be really funny" said one of the men attending the party. "The best man blindfolded the groom and then taped the bottle rocket to his penis before lighting it. There was a large bang, the next thing I know he was on the ground screaming and everyone was panicking"

Screenshot of http://www.foxnews-us.com/2018/08/19/syracuse-grooms-genitals-blown-off-by-best-man-after-firework-explodes/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they might have thought it was a real Fox News story:

Syracuse Groom's genitals blown off by Best man after firework explodes.

SYRACUSE NY - A Syracuse man was rushed to hospital with horrific groin injuries and burns after a bottle rocket firework that was taped to his genitals exploded. Emergency services were called to the scene at 6:40 p.m...

We wrote about foxnews-us.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

As you can see, the site already published plenty of hoaxes. Don't fall for it!

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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