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This RTÉ reporter had a close call with some falling equipment - but dealt with it like a pro

There was equipment falling over all around her in a ‘domino-effect’ Perry explained this morning.

CAITRIONA PERRY WAS reporting on RTÉ Nine News live from a windy New York last night when she was attacked by a rogue piece of equipment.

The Washington Correspondent had to cut back to the studio after the object JUST missed her…

Viewers didn’t know what to make of it…

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But most were just impressed with her composure

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Speaking to Morning Ireland today, Perry explained what had happened.

Her team had to move their equipment just before the broadcast because of the direction of the sun, she explained.

What viewers saw was a light reflector – essentially, as she put it, a “big black thing on a stick” – falling before the camera.

But there was other stuff happening too, that we didn’t see:

“On the other side, off-screen, a couple of light stands started to fall over then as well, and that started to trigger a sort-of ‘domino-effect’ of all the equipment that was around there from all the live points.”

The most sensible option was to hand back to the studio, she said. Which is fair enough, really.

An earlier version of this article, written by Nicola Byrne, was originally published on


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