HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Drones, some of the latest technology that has a lot of benefits and risks. The latest drone scare was in Connecticut where a teenager strapped a flamethrower onto a quadcopter to roast a turkey. Local drone advocate Jeff Byrnes finds it disturbing.
“I was in shock and I honestly thought it was one of the most irresponsible things I had ever seen,” Byrnes said. “I questioned the need and the reasoning behind it, and for me, I saw no logic.” Byrnes, who owns Jeffrey B. Photography in Holyoke, frequently operates a drone for his business.
Now, this isn’t the first time teen has gotten in trouble with the law. Last July, he posted a video showing his drone firing shots from a handgun he strapped onto it. The FAA ruled the teen was not breaking the law. Although Byrnes argues that goes to show clearer and stricter policies need to be implemented.
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“I feel like there needs to be some sort of policy in place that says you can do this and you can’t do that, and this is a perfect example of something that should not be allowed to happen,” Byrnes said.
FAA regulations state it is illegal to operate an aircraft carelessly and recklessly in a way that can endanger the life or property of another. So far it’s not known whether the FAA will investigate this incident.
The teens father said the flame throwing turkey roast was done safely with fire extinguishers and hoses nearby. He also said the area had been cleared of extra leaves prior to firing the drone up.