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.