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Fake News: Hundreds Of Birds That Fell Out Of The Sky Were NOT Near A 5G Installation

  • by: Ryan Cooper
  • (Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:54:29 Z)

Were hundreds of birds that fell out of the sky found dead near a 5G installation? No, that's not true: Even though hundreds of starlings were found dead in Bodedern, a village in Wales, on December 10, 2019, Vodafone has confirmed that there is no 5G wireless service in the area, nor have any tests taken place. The mystery continues about what caused the deaths of the birds that a passerby found on the road.

The claim originated from an article (archived here) published by Disclose.TV on December 26, 2019, under the title "Not again - HUNDREDS OF BIRDS fall out of the sky near a 5G installation dead!". It opened:

Sky News reports: "Mystery as 'hundreds' of birds found dead in the road in Anglesey"

The flock was first spotted in the sky by a passer-by who returned to the road about an hour later and found hundreds of dead birds. The incident occurred in December in North Wales on a road from Anglesey.

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The story linked to a Sky News article about the mystery surrounding the death of a large number of birds last December. It also pointed to a story about Vodafone's plans to launch high-speed wireless services in North Wales.

Concerns over the safety of 5G wireless technology have prompted speculation that the birds may have died due to microwave frequency poisoning. Scientists do not always agree about whether the technology is safe for humans. These two headlines offer a case in point:

The Science Of Why 5G Is (Almost) Certainly Safe For Humans (Forbes.com)

We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe (Scientific American)

The latter article said more than 240 scientists have called for stricter exposure limits to radio frequency radiation (RFR) and nonionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). They said that more than 500 studies had found harmful health effects from exposure to such frequencies.

Even so, Vodafone squelched speculation that the birds died as a result of exposure to 5G frequencies. The company issued a statement saying:

We can confirm that there is no Vodafone 5G, nor have any tests taken place, in the Bodedern area."

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) investigated the case and said the starlings died due to "trauma and internal bleeding,"after they fell to the ground, according to DailyPost.co.uk. Scientists remain baffled as to what caused the deaths of these birds.

Bottom line: hundreds of birds did fall out of the sky; Vodafone says there is no 5G technology in the area, so that cause should be ruled out. The investigation continues.

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Ryan Cooper, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is the former Director of Programming at CNN International, where he helped shape the network's daily newscasts broadcast to more than 280 million households around the world. He was based at the network's Los Angeles Bureau. There, he managed the team responsible for a three-hour nightly program, Newsroom LA.

Formerly, he worked at the headquarters in Atlanta, and he spent four years at the London bureau. An award-winning producer, Cooper oversaw the network's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the uprising in Egypt in 2011. He also served as a supervising producer during much of the network's live reporting on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, for which CNN received an Edward R. Murrow Award.

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