As drone popularity increases, feds look to rein in bad behavior

Dec. 6, 2021

The Salem, Va., firefighters were standing outside on a summer day in 2019 when a drone — its blades whirling in a high-pitched whine — headed right for them, sending them scurrying, authorities said.

Then it came again.

“They had to dive out of the way to avoid being struck,” said Christopher Kavanaugh, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Some city police officers also were sent scrambling.

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