Viral ‘slingshot man’ video is FAKE, Dubai Police say
According to Dubai Police, however, the video has been shared before and is fake.
Dubai Police have debunked a widely shared viral video showing a man being shot off the top of a building using a massive slingshot.
Since being shared on September 17, the video has garnered over 114,000 views and over 2,200 shares on Facebook.
It was also widely shared on Twitter and through Whatsapp.
The video depicts a man being catapulted off a helipad-equipped building near Dubai Marina using a large slingshot towards a target area in a far-off building, only to miss his mark and overshoot the landing area.
According to Dubai Police, however, the video has been shared before and is fake. Despite being widely shared, many viewers expressed skepticism of the video’s veracity.
“The one thing to me that gave it away is the mismatch to the law of physics closer to the end of the ‘descent’,” one viewer, Rami Yassin said in a comment.
“Must say, good work for what I am assuming to be a local production.”
A few, however, appear to have been duped by the high-quality video.
“He passed the net! Oh my God, no way to try it unless it’s safe!” one viewer noted.
In July, two professional skydivers successfully pulled off a similar stunt when they were catapulted 300 feet into the air before deploying their parachutes and landing safely on the ground near the Skydive Dubai drop zone.