It’s easy to get wrapped up in the bright lights of the 2012 Olympic games and lose sight of the realer stories going on around the globe. While America was watching our Olympians representing in London and bellyaching about the French anchor in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle overtaking Ryan Lochte on the final leg, there was some real life shit going on in the Middle East.
These American soldiers walked up on a presumably live IED (improvised explosive device) on the dirt streets of Afghanistan. Seemingly unsure what it was, the soldier unburied it and picked it up before realizing it was a device rigged to explode. It didn’t detonate, thankfully. A change of drawers and a quick convo with the man upstairs followed this incident instead of the tragic alternative.
He’ll likely get an earful from his superiors, because I’m fairly confident he didn’t follow proper protocol on this one. He’ll be happy to accept that earful, though. He still has his life.
This video will make for a great “What not to do” instructional.
- [via Barstool Sports]