All 4th of July Fireworks Canceled Due to Terrorism Fears-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Reports that all fireworks displays for the 4th of July have been canceled due to fears about terrorism have gone viral.

The Truth:

A fake news website is behind the false report that all 4th of July fireworks displays in the U.S. have been canceled because of terrorist threats.

The story surfaced with a report at the Christian Times Newspaper under the headline, “BREAKING: Feds Cancel ALL July 4th Fireworks Due to Terror Fears.”

The report begins:

Thursday that Fourth of July fireworks shows across the U.S. will be canceled for safety and security reasons.

Representatives from the FBI, DOD, and Department of Homeland Security held a joint press conference in Washington to announce the unprecedented policy move.

“Ongoing threats to American national security from ISIS, domestic terrorists, and foreign terrorist organizations led federal authorities to determine that a cancellation of July 4th fireworks is necessary to reduce potential attack scenarios,” said Terrance Lively, a counter-terrorism expert with the DHS.

However, a quick glance at the Christian Times Newspaper’s disclaimer reveals that it’s not a reputable source for news. It states that the site makes clear that “not all stories are necessarily grounded in fact.”

Given the fake news website’s resemblance in name and branding to the reputable Christian Times, there’s often confusion about the credibility of the website. We can confirm, however, that reports that all fireworks shows have been canceled are false.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Collected on: 06/27/2016

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