WATCH: Anderson Cooper ducks bomb explosion during live report from Gaza

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM   |   Comments

Nov. 19 (UPI) -- CNN sent Anderson Cooper, renowned Silver Fox and CNN anchor, straight to Gaza City to broadcast live from the center of the ongoing crisis between the Israelis and the Palestinians. While issuing a live report on a Sunday blast that killed 11 Gazans, a bomb exploded so close to Cooper that he ducked and said "Whoa!"

"That was a rather large explosion," Cooper could only say when he recovered. "It's actually set off a number of car alarms, but that was probably the largest explosion we've heard in the last hour," the CNN anchor added.

That's not the only explosion Cooper has seen or heard since his arrival in Gaza. Here are a few of the anchor's Twitter dispatches from the region:

Though Israel recently agreed to put off a ground offensive in Gaza to allow for cease-fire talks, violence has continued to escalate, with Israeli airstrikes killing 15 people in Gaza on Monday.

UPDATE: Via Hypervocal, CNN producer Linda Roth has posted video of anchor Wolf Blitzer running to a nearby shelter after hearing loud explosions and air raid sirens in Ashkelon, Israel.

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