A CCTV video of a scooty suddenly exploding was shared with the claim that the blast happened because the two-wheeler was battery-powered. (Archive link)

Several users shared the visuals on Facebook with the same claim.

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Fact-check

We performed a keyword search which led us to media reports from November 5 that said the explosion was triggered by firecrackers. India TV reported that the incident took place on Diwali when a man and his son were riding a two-wheeler carrying a bundle of firecrackers. Both died in the blast along with three others who were riding close by.

Hindustan Times reported that the incident took place at 1:35 pm between Puducherry and Tamil Nadu. NDTV also carried a report where the investigating officer was quoted as saying that the explosion may have been sparked due to the friction and pressure caused by the bundle of firecrackers being tied tightly. He added that the firecrackers had been manufactured legally and identified the victims as 35-year-old Kalainesan and his seven-year-old son Pradesh.

Furthermore, we did not find any other reports corroborating the viral claim about the explosion being triggered by a battery-powered scooter.

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