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San Diego "explosion" prompts Facebook to activate Safety Check

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Facebook's Safety Check feature was activated Wednesday evening, citing an explosion had occurred in San Diego. 

As you can see below, the Safety Check feature was activated for an explosion/fire that took place on Tuesday. 

The only explosion to have taken place Tuesday that could have possibly activated the Safety Check would have been the City Heights apartment fire/explosion that prompted evacuations. 

RELATED: City Heights apartment fire leads to evacuations

According to Facebook, the Safety Check feature is activated on a user's page if they are near a major natural disaster or crisis. 

In a statement to CBS News 8, Facebook said the Safety Check feature was a community-generated activation. Facebook is testing a way for communities to activate Safety Check - when a significant number of people post about a specific incident and are in a crisis area.

Community-generated is now one of the many ways Safety Check is now activated. 

"The first is when Facebook notifies everyone in an affected area. This is used when an incident impacts a large number people and there's value in reaching them quickly. We look at a combination of the scope, scale and duration of the incident to determine when it is appropriate for Facebook to notify everyone in an area," said a Facebook spokesperson. 


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