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A live news broadcast was interrupted after a plane flew over and dumped fire retardant on the anchor.

NBC 7 journalist Steven Luke and his cameraman Scott Baird were drenched when the Cal Fire aircraft released its contents on Thursday.

They had been reporting on the wildfires in California when they got an unexpected bath.

Mr Luke didnt seem to mind though and described the fire retardant as like pink raindrops.

He said the substance, used to fight fires, really didnt stick to clothing and could be wiped off with a wet cloth.

A Cal Fire airplane dropped fire retardant on a Southern California fire and caught an NBC 7 reporter by surprise while he was reporting on live television. Steven Luke was reporting from Riverside County on the efforts to control the Tenaja Fire. As of late Thursday, 2,000 acres had been scorched. He was in the middle of his newscast report when suddenly, right before he tossed back to the anchors in the studio, a Cal Fire aircraft appeared from the other side of a hill and opened its cargo doors.

Steven Luke and his cameraman Scott Baird were drenched (Picture: Steven Luke)

The anchor was wrapping up a broadcast in Riverside County, where people had been evacuated from homes due to the Tenaja Fire, when the plane flew over him.

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Fire retardant is mostly water (85%) but also consists of fertilizer (10%) and a number of other ingredients, including bactericides.

It is not toxic to humans and animals so the news team has nothing to worry about.

A Cal Fire airplane dropped fire retardant on a Southern California fire and caught an NBC 7 reporter by surprise while he was reporting on live television. Steven Luke was reporting from Riverside County on the efforts to control the Tenaja Fire. As of late Thursday, 2,000 acres had been scorched. He was in the middle of his newscast report when suddenly, right before he tossed back to the anchors in the studio, a Cal Fire aircraft appeared from the other side of a hill and opened its cargo doors.

They did not se the plane coming (Picture: NBC 4 New York)

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