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Video and Photos: Penis makes cameo in Fox31's coverage of Seattle helicopter crash

Update #2: This morning, we shared a video of a big gaffe from Fox31's Good Day Colorado, which accidentally aired a (very NSFW) picture of a penis during its coverage of a news helicopter crash near Seattle's Space Needle.

While the original video is now gone from YouTube, sports site Deadspin found another, longer copy of Tuesday morning's explicit broadcast. Watch the video below, and read on for our earlier coverage, with screen captures of the original YouTube video.

Update: A short time ago, we shared a video of a very strange Denver TV moment: a clip from Fox31's Good Day Colorado this morning in which coverage of a helicopter crash in Seattle was interrupted by a series of iPad images that included an impossible-to-ignore shot of a penis.

A short time after our post went live, the video was pulled down. However, we managed to grab some screen captures to give you a sense of what you may have missed -- and blurred the key one to make it not quite so NSFW.

The fifteen-second clip, which a YouTube user captured off his television, began with an image from the crash:

Then, the cursor can be seen moving -- and a short time later, images began to go past. First, Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands: That's followed by a pic of an odd food item: Finally, there was an unblurred version of this image: The reaction of the morning crew afterward was priceless.... ...and so was how quickly they tried to act cool and unflappable: A short time later, posts like these began popping up on Fox31's Facebook page:
What happened after Edward Sissorhands?

Hahaha!! I thought I was seeing things! Definitely didn't want to start my day off with some random junk in my face!

This Scene of Death and Destruction will Now be Interrupted by a Picture of Some Guy's Junk!

Let's see the Junk, Let's see the Junk.

However, Fox31 vice president of news Ed Kosowski definitely wasn't amused. Here's his statement about what happened:
"While reporting breaking news about the crash of the KOMO-TV helicopter in Seattle, Fox31 Denver accidentally broadcast an offensive photo while scrolling live through a Twitter feed of pictures from the crash scene. The photo was mistakenly broadcast by our control room. It did not come from the tablet many viewers saw being used by one of our anchors. We apologize for the inadvertent broadcast of the image and we are taking immediate steps to prevent such an accident from happening again."
Oh, the humanity.

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