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Photos Of A Toy Explosive Found In Mumbai Create Panic Online

Photos Of A Toy Explosive Found In Mumbai Create Panic Online

The photos showing a red device claimed a bomb had been found in Borivali, Mumbai. Local police tell BOOM it was a plastic toy resembling an explosive

Toy explosive found in Mumbai

A series of photos doing the rounds on WhatsApp are being shared with a false claim that a bomb was found in the suburb of Borivali in Mumbai.

The images show a red device resembling an explosive lying on the road in Gorai area of Borivali. However, local police tell BOOM that the object was a plastic toy and not an explosive.

The same claim was also made on Facebook by a user who posted photos showing the red device with a caption, “Bomb Found At Gorai Khadi

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BOOM contacted Mumbai police who dismissed the claim and said that device was a toy.

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“It is not an explosive but a toy most likely used by film crews while shooting. People should not panic,”said Sangramsingh Nishandar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 10.

BOOM also contacted the Borivali police station under whose jurisdiction the area falls and they confirmed that it was a toy.

Luxman Dumbre, senior police inspector, Borivali police station said that the toy device was found near the gates of the Gorai dumping ground.

“Residents in the area saw the object lying on the road and informed one of our beat policemen who were patrolling the area. They in turn informed the police station who after reaching the area investigated the device and found that it was nothing but a toy.” He added that they suspected the toy had fallen on the road by some film crew which routinely holds film shooting in the Gorai area.

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Claim Review : Video shows a bomb found in Mumbai's Gorai area

Fact Check : False

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A former city correspondent covering crime, Nivedita is a fact checker at BOOM and works to stop the spread of disinformation and misinformation. When not at work, she escapes into second-hand bookstores, looking for magic or a mystery.

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