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Fact Check: Image of Explosion Near Pentagon Is Fake
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Fact Check: Image of Explosion Near Pentagon Is Fake

The image was digitally generated.

(Photo by Charles Phelps Cushing/ClassicStock/Getty Images)

An image is circulating online purporting to show the aftermath of an explosion near the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. The image is fake and has been digitally generated. No explosion has recently occurred at or near the Pentagon building.  

The Arlington County, Virginia, fire department responded to the image circulating via Twitter on Monday morning, announcing that “There is NO explosion or incident taking place at or near the Pentagon reservation, and there is no immediate danger or hazards to the public.” 

The Dispatch Fact Check has not been able to ascertain the source of the image in question, but online observers have identified the flaws in the image that betray its provenance as a product of artificial intelligence software:. 

The Dispatch Fact Check has contacted the Department of Defense for comment. 
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Cameron Hilditch is a fact-check reporter for The Dispatch.