Powerful drug fumes appeared to affect BBC reporter Quentin Sommerville
Powerful fumes from drugs (circled) appeared to affect BBC reporter Quentin SommervilleYouTube

Filming didn't go smoothly for BBC reporter Quentin Sommerville when he stood downwind from a huge pile of burning drugs.

A potent mix of opium, heroin and hashish wafted Sommerville's way during a news report and appeared to have an effect on the BBC man.

He started giggling uncontrollably as the narcotics took hold live on camera. The cameraman also succumbed to the giggles as the pile continued to burn.

The scene was filmed somewhere in the Middle East in the past few months.

The piece of footage was an out-take which Sommerville released via his Twitter account as an amusing "Christmas present" for viewers.