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No, this Russian family is not looking at a nuclear explosion near their city, dear MSM viewers


An explosion during a rocket engine test in Russia last week, which claimed five lives and apparently caused small radiation spikes detected in a nearby city, has sent the media rumor mill into overdrive. While Russian officials are reluctant to offer much detail about what was tested, except that some radioactive material was involved, speculation suggests it was Russia's lauded nuclear-powered Burevestnik cruise missile, or Skyfall, as NATO chose to designate it.

Speculation aside, covering this story poses a certain challenge: which picture to take to run with the story. After all, it all happened in the middle of nowhere, and hence no visuals are available. AP opted for a photo of a Russian family looking from a hill at a city as a large glowing mushroom billows into the sky.

It's great and has nothing to do with the incident in the Arkhangelsk region in Russia's north. The photo actually shows Achinsk, a Siberian city, that had to be evacuated due to a large fire that destroyed a nearby ammo depot on August 5. AP's choice of picture is probably justified, after all the news agency mentioned that disaster in the background of its story.

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