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NBC News Correspondent Hit With Fireworks While Reporting During Seattle Protests

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Shelby Talcott Media Reporter
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An NBC News correspondent was hit with fireworks while reporting on the ground in Seattle amid protests over the death of George Floyd Monday evening.

Correspondent Jo Ling Kent appeared on MSNBC in a gas mask and was describing the situation on the ground when fireworks came from off screen and hit her in the arm. Kent cursed and began to sprint away from the location alongside her team as she continued to try and report.

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Kent and her team fled to a fence, where the situation appeared to become increasingly dangerous. She could be heard yelling “we need to move” as others on the field were seen running away. MSNBC host Brian Williams appeared concerned for the team’s safety and suggested that it was best for them “to be sure about their safety, and we can surmise the rest from her reporting.”

Kent later tweeted that she was thankful for the messages she received and was okay. (RELATED: ‘This Is Mostly A Protest’: MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Says Riots Aren’t Unruly As Building Burns Behind Him)

“Hey everyone. Thankfully, our whole team is ok and safe. I’m totally fine – my jacket sleeve got singed and that’s it,” Kent tweeted. “So sorry for the curse words.. and thank you for the sweet texts, calls and tweets.”

The NBC News correspondent said shortly after being hit on TV that police in Seattle had been firing fireworks along with tear gas. The Seattle police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it uses fireworks as a method to disperse crowds.