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A spectacular video of colorful fireworks over a tall building is widely shared on social media with claims that it was part of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Posting this video, RJ Golmaal Gagan of 94.3 My Fm wrote: “This is so amazing! Tokyo fireworks at the inauguration of the Olympic Games”.

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India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has discovered that the viral video is not related to the Olympics nor is it recent. It shows an extravagant fireworks display that was set up in Taiwan’s iconic skyscraper ‘Taipei 101’ to celebrate the New Year on December 31, 2020.

This claim is viral on facebook.

AFWA probe

When reverse-searching the keyframes of the viral video, we found that several Taiwanese YouTube users had shared similar visuals in January of this year.

We also found a similar video on the YouTube channel of “Taiwan News”. ‘Taiwan News’ had also published a report on this event. According to the report, a five-minute fireworks display was staged to welcome the arrival of 2021 at Taipei 101, Taipei. This year, the show displayed 16,000 fireworks in tribute to Taiwan’s frontline medical workers.

Comparing the visuals of the viral video with the “Taiwan News” video report, we noticed many similarities.

We have found lots of similar videos of the celebration of the new year Taipei 101 Official Facebook Page. These videos were recorded live on December 31, 2020.

According to Olympic Games website, the official venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is “Tokyo National Stadium”. It should be noted that this stadium is completely different from Taipei 101.

Actual visuals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony fireworks display can be seen in the video report below by Reuters.

Thus, it is clear that a roughly six-month-old video of a New Year’s Eve celebration fireworks display in Taiwan is being falsely shared as the inaugural ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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To claimThis spectacular fireworks display was part of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. ConclusionThis video shows New Year’s Eve celebrations at Taiwan’s iconic “Taipei 101” skyscraper.


The number of crows determines the intensity of the lie.

  • 1 Raven: Half True
  • 2 Crows: mostly lies
  • 3 crows: Absolutely false

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