WATCH: Viral clip shows BBC reporter learning where NOT to stand during filming

A clip of a BBC journalist standing next to a bonfire of drugs being disposed on a bonfire has gone viral- watch to find out why

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by Fiona Day |
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War correspondent Quentin Sommerville was reporting from a drugs bust in Afghanistan where narcotics such as heroin had been seized and promptly disposed of in a bonfire.

The established journalist decided to stand in front of the fire to film his report, but soon learnt that- despite standing far back from the bonfire- the fumes would start to have a funny effect on him.

He appears to go from serious journalist mode to cracking up in a high pitched laugh, obviously feeling the effects of the dangerous materials behind him.

Luckily, he was not harmed from the exposure (and the seizing of the drugs mean that many others have been protected from such dangerous substances) but Sommerville decided to share the unaired footage after a tiresome year reporting on some of the bloodiest conflicts in the world.

He shared the clip, writing: "It's been a year of bullets & bloodshed. You've earned a xmas laugh, at my expense."

Understandably, the BBC arranged for the clip to be deleted, but it has since been copied and shared online.

Check out the clip below:

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