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Video of the Biggest Tire Cemetery in the World Is Not Recent

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
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22nd June 2023
Video of the Biggest Tire Cemetery in the World Is Not Recent
The video of tires on fire dates back to 2021 (Twitter)

The Claim

A video shows the biggest tire cemetery in the world in Kuwait. 

Emerging story

A video purportedly showing the biggest tire cemetery in the world in Kuwait has recently been making the rounds online.

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Misbarā€™s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral video and found the claim to be misleading.

A thorough reverse image search revealed the video making the rounds to be outdated.

Burning Tires Video Dates Back to 2021

The video  dates back to August 2021 and features a fire in Kuwait that erupted from the ignition of the largest tire graveyard in the world. 

This cemetery was located in the Sulaibiya area of Al Jahra Governorate, Kuwait.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the original video from Twitter.

The incident was also reported by media outlets at the time.

According to media outlets, the video shows the fire that broke out in the used tire landfill in Kuwait on April 29, 2021.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the Observerā€™s article.

A Massive Fire in the Salmi Landfill, Tire Graveyard

Satellite imagery has documented a huge cloud of smoke emanating from a massive fire at the Salmi landfill, known as the "tire graveyard," situated in Kuwait's Jahra district. Kuwaiti media reports indicate that the fire originated on April 29 in the tire graveyard. 

Firefighters successfully extinguished the blaze after a seven-hour operation, revealing no casualties. Authorities have determined that the fire was intentionally set, marking it as a case of arson.

The Waste Management Committee and the Kuwait Fire Force held a meeting to discuss recommendations regarding the tir collection area in the Salmi region. The Kuwait Fire Force issued a statement stating that appropriate solutions have been put in place to prevent the recurrence of fires in that area.

Kuwait to Transform 'Tire Graveyard' Into a New City

Kuwait has announced its intentions to convert the once massive "tire graveyard" into a new residential city. Oil Minister Mohammed al-Fares expressed satisfaction with the progress, stating that they have successfully navigated through a challenging phase with significant environmental risks. 

The landfill, located approximately five kilometers from Al-Jahra province, has been completely cleared, allowing for the commencement of the Saad Al-Abdullah city project. 

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Sabah, the director general of the Environment Public Authority, revealed that Kuwait aims to recycle all the tires to eliminate the necessity for another landfill.

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