It’s a hard life, reporting overseas. Journalists have to deal with unrest, hostile climes and – in BBC reporter Quentin Sommerville’s case – giant burning piles of drugs.
Sommerville was reporting from Afghanistan, standing in front of a massive pile of burning heroin, opium and hash. Eventually, he inhaled enough of the smoke that he dissolves into a fit of giggles on-air.
On Monday, Sommerville Tweeted a link to the video – which he’s since deleted – with the line “You’ve earned a xmas laugh, at my expense.” The BBC later told the U.K. Telegraph that the video has since been deleted “was posted in the spirit of a blooper. It was filmed four years ago – it hasn’t been seen before and was never broadcast.”
The video’s been mirrored on YouTube, though, and will likely live on forever. Reporters everywhere, remember: Contact highs are real. Be careful where and when you’re inhaling.
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