Originally posted on Twitchy:

As Twitchy reported, the #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches hashtag has been going strong on Twitter as rumors spread on social media of an “epidemic” of black church burnings. The media has been falsely accused of ignoring the fires; there’s actually been quite a bit of coverage. Unfortunately, a great deal of that coverage has been less than objective, suggesting some sort of connection among the fires without providing any evidence.

Twitchy reported last night that a fire that gutted the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, S.C., on Tuesday was suspected to be the work of a lightning strike, and today the ATF has announced its investigation has confirmed that suspicion.

Mt. Zion AME Church fire in SC caused by lightning. No criminal intent. The investigation is complete.pic.twitter.com/SIY1yY4QmA

— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) July 2, 2015

The Justice Department said that it would look into the recent church fires…

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