By Hillary Busis
Updated November 19, 2012 at 02:47 PM EST

This is no laughing matter: While reporting live from battle-weary Gaza Sunday night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper was startled by a loud blast that came from somewhere behind him. As the bomb exploded, Cooper ducked and let out a startled “Whoa!” Moments later, he exhaled, dryly exclaimed, “That was a rather large explosion,” and tried to determine where the device had gone off. Talk about courage under fire.

Despite cease-fire attempts led by Egyptian officials, the violence in Gaza and Israel continues to escalate. After six days of Israeli air strikes, the Palestinian death toll has reached 94; three Israelis have also died as a result of Palestinian rockets, according to the BBC.

Watch Cooper’s brush with the bomb below.

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