Two photos allegedly showing people who received ‘third-degree burns’ have been going viral on social media with many claiming that the burns are the result of acid rains.
Two photos allegedly showing people who received ‘third-degree burns’ have been going viral on social media.
By Jyoti Dwivedi: Has the US state of Ohio witnessed incidents of people getting “burnt” because of acid rains following the derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals? This is what some people on social media have alleged. Two photos allegedly showing people who received “third-degree burns” because of acid rains following the East Palestine derailment have been shared widely online.
The images show a person’s arm and foot covered in what looks like severe burns. A Twitter user shared these images and wrote, “If you are in the states of Ohio or Pennsylvania, please do not go outside while it’s raining! We’re getting reports of third-degree burns from what is suspected to be from acid rain. STAY INDOORS!”. The archived version of this tweet can be seen here.
AFWA found that the viral photos are neither recent nor do they have any connection with acid rain.
A reverse search of the first image led us to a Reddit post from May 2, 2012, titled, “Volunteered to be a victim for training today, they did a decent job…[Fake blisters].” The person who shared the photo stated in the comments that the burn was actually made of rubber and pasted to his arm.
They also said that they served in the Air Force, and such exercises involving fake injuries were often conducted to train the emergency response teams. They also shared a photo of a colleague who had fake rubber blisters on their face.
On reverse searching the second photo, we found it in a July 2018 Fox News report about intestinal parasites known as hookworms. The was attributed to Kelli Mulhollen Dumas a dentist from Memphis in Tennessee, US, who had shared this photo along with a few others on July 21, 2018.
She stated in her post that the image showed the foot of a person named Michael who was infected with hookworm.
CAN ACID RAIN CAUSE BURNS?
Acid rain is caused by air pollution. Some gases (especially nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide) react with the tiny droplets of water in clouds to form sulphuric and nitric acids. The rain from these clouds is known as “acid rain”.
However, acid rain is never acidic enough to burn the skin. Even the strongest recorded acid rain was only about as acidic as lemon juice or vinegar. However, acid rain can cause respiratory problems and heart diseases.
HAS THERE BEEN ACID RAIN IN OHIO?
A train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 3, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Since then, many residents have reported headaches, nausea, burning eyes and sore throats. However, there have been no reports of acid rain in the area so far.
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