DISINFO: A US B-52 bomber accidentally dropped a B-61 nuclear bomb...
  • Outlet: Reddit.com Resource (archived)*
  • Date of publication: June 14, 2017
  • Outlet language(s): English
  • Reported in: Issue 73
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Lithuania
Nuclear issues

DISINFO: A US B-52 bomber accidentally dropped a B-61 nuclear bomb...


A US B-52 bomber accidentally dropped a B-61 nuclear bomb on a town in Lithuania, causing an apartment building to be engulfed in flames, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.


This is a fabricated story. The screenshot that accompanies the claims is fabricated. In Reddit, other users quickly pointed out that it was a fake. Nevertheless, it spread to Lithuanian and Russian sites. Some Lithuanian sites added a warning that it was a fake story when that was evident. Further debunking by the DFRLab bit.ly/2tEIYL0, .


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