Video: Man tries — but fails — to extinguish Olympic flame

The Olympic flame at the Bonfim Church in Salvador, Brazil, on May 24.
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You could say it was just another day for the Olympic torch, which survived yet another attempt from someone intent on putting out its flame.

On Wednesday, as one in a string of torch bearers ran the flame through the city of Joinville, Brazil, on the way to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, a man with a fire extinguisher ran out from the crowd of spectators and attempted to extinguish the flame. Luckily, a security guard tackled the man before the damage was done.

This isn’t the first time someone has attempted to put out the flame as it travels Brazil.


A couple of weeks ago, a 27-year-old man attempted to douse the torch in Maracaju, but he missed and instead doused a another torch bearer and security guards.

There’s video of that failed attempt too.

The opening ceremonies for the Rio Games are three weeks away.

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