One of the weirder things to come out of the coronavirus pandemic so far is the conspiracy theory that 5G towers have caused the deadly virus.
Some people seem to have taken the law into their own hands, even setting fire to the structures in a bid to stop the spread of the virus - but someone in Birmingham has made things even worse by setting fire to a standard 4G mast instead.
Sheldon Fire Station tweeted an image of the mast alight, questioning whether the public really believes that 5G has caused Covid-19.
Mobile phone mast well alight in Chelmsley Wood. Do people really think 5G is the cause of COVID-19? #COVIDー19 #5GCoronavirus pic.twitter.com/Ngl25fmdVu
- Sheldon Fire Station (@SheldonFire) April 10, 2020
Fellow West Midlands fire station Tettenhall replied to the tweet, saying: "These masts are currently what's allowing loved ones to keep in touch, they are helping those that are isolated alone, not feel so alone.
"Ultimately they are also allowing us to communicate and coordinate the United fight against Covid-19. For the benefit of all please, please STOP."
Sheldon Fire Station then responded to another person's concerns, confirming it was indeed a 4G mast that had been set on fire, and not a 5G one.
The service's Twitter account said: "This was a 4G mast and it, along with many others that have been burned, do keep our communication network alive."
A spokesperson for Sheldon Fire Station confirmed to LADbible that both the police and a Vodafone engineer were in attendance, when they received the call just after midnight.
People have been setting fire to 5G towers following a conspiracy theory that radiation has had something to do with the global spread of the novel coronavirus.
The rumour began after people started claiming that Africa hasn't been as affected by Covid-19 as it is not a 5G region - but the World Health Organisation has since shut this down when it stated the continent has several thousands of confirmed cases.
The UK government has also said there is 'no evidence to suggest that 5G has anything to do with Covid-19'.
Despite that, however, it seems some people remain convinced that there is a link, with such messages being spread via social media - including a Stop 5G Facebook group, where some users have encouraged others to target 5G towers and engineers.
However, authorities have completely quashed the rumours, with Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove dismissing them during a daily coronavirus briefing last week.
When questioned on the coronavirus theory Mr Gove said: "That is just nonsense, dangerous nonsense as well."