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UK mobile network providers have warned against the spread of “baseless” conspiracy theories linking coronavirus to 5G, after videos purportedly showing masts on fire were posted on social media.
West Midlands Fire Service said eight firefighters attended an incident on Thursday evening, involving a 70-foot tower on a telecommunications site in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham – though a spokesman said the cause was yet to be identified and could not confirm whether the mast in question was 5G.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We’re aware of a fire involving a phone mast, but are awaiting further details on its cause.”
Several videos claiming to show 5G towers on fire were posted to a page on Facebook.
The page was created on Thursday and taken down by Facebook on Friday morning.
Mobile UK, the trade body which represents network providers, said it is “concerning that certain groups are using the COVID-19 pandemic to spread “false rumors” and theories about the safety of 5G Technology”.
“More worryingly some people are also abusing our key workers and making threats to damage infrastructure under the pretense of claims about 5G,” a statement said.
5G tower set on fire in Birmingham, Acocks Green pic.twitter.com/1GNe2xxJLF— Official #1 Birmingham Page (@imjustbrum) April 2, 2020