The West Midlands Fire Department said eight firefighters attended an incident Thursday night involving a 70-foot tower at a telecommunications site in Birmingham’s Sparkhill area – although a spokesperson said the cause was not yet identified and could not confirm if the mast the question was 5G.
A West Midlands police spokesman said, “We are aware of a fire involving a telephone mast, but we are awaiting further details on its cause. “
Several videos claiming to show 5G towers on fire were posted on a Facebook page, which encouraged others to do the same.
The page was created on Thursday and deleted by Facebook on Friday morning.
Mobile UK, the commercial body representing network providers, said it was “concerned that certain groups are using the Covid-19 pandemic to spread false rumors and theories about the security of 5G technologies.”
“More worryingly, some people are also abusing our key workers and threatening to damage infrastructure on the pretext of 5G claims,” said a statement.
“This is not acceptable and only affects our ability as an industry to maintain the resilience and operational capacity of networks to support mass home work and critical connectivity to emergency services, vulnerable consumers and hospitals. “
He continued: “The theories that are spreading about 5G on social media are baseless and not based on accepted scientific theory.
“Research into the security of radio signals, including 5G, which has been conducted for over 50 years, has led to the establishment of human exposure standards, including safety factors that protect against all risks for health. “
Facebook said the banned page was removed for violating its policies because it could potentially harm the real world.
However, one user said that he reported the page to moderators early on for encouraging violence, only to receive a response that it was not considered contrary to Facebook community standards.
Elsewhere, O2 delivers engineers working outside on essential network projects with a sign explaining that they are a key worker, after reports of verbal abuse by telecommunications personnel by members of the public .
“The engineers are doing key work to keep everyone connected, make repairs and keep the network running, so they will show a sign to explain this,” said a spokesperson.