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Man tries to put out Olympic flame with fire extinguisher in Rio

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Daniel Uria
A nearly full moon rises behind the Olympic Cauldron during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. A man attempted to put out the Olympic flame with a fire extinguisher as it passed through Joinville, Brazil on its way to the Summer Games. A similar attempt was made in June when a 27-year-old tossed a bucket of water near the flame, while acting on a dare. Neither attempt was successful and both men were arrested.
A nearly full moon rises behind the Olympic Cauldron during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. A man attempted to put out the Olympic flame with a fire extinguisher as it passed through Joinville, Brazil on its way to the Summer Games. A similar attempt was made in June when a 27-year-old tossed a bucket of water near the flame, while acting on a dare. Neither attempt was successful and both men were arrested. | License Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 16 (UPI) -- A man armed with a fire extinguisher attempted to put out the Olympic flame, the second time someone tried to douse the flame on its trip to the 2016 Summer Games.

Video shows a man running from the crowd as the torch bearers passed through Joinville and attempting unsuccessfully to spray the flame with a fire extinguisher before being apprehended by security.

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According to Fox Sports, the man's motivations were unknown but he was arrested for attempting to put out the flame symbolizing the spirit of the competition at the games.

A similar filed attempt at extinguishing the Olympic flame was made in June when a 27-year-old man acting on a dare flung a bucket of water at the torch, but missed and doused security guards.

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