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Water thrown at Olympic torch

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A man has been arrested for trying to extinguish the Olympic torch by throwing a bucket of water over it as it passed through his farming town of Maracaju in central Brazil, an officer at the local police station said on Monday.

Police arrested the 27-year-old at the scene on Sunday for damaging public property, the officer said. The Olympic flame continued to burn, video footage showed.

The crime can carry a sentence of between six months and three years in prison. The video, available on YouTube, showed a heavy spray of water thrown indiscriminately over the group around the torch bearer by someone out of view. The man was freed on bail after paying 1,000 reais ($294.74).

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