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VIDEO: Drones and Fireworks - a Dumb Combination

Jul 08, 2014

 We've written quite a bit about drones on AgWeb, all of which you can find at

A recent topic we've tackled is that of drone safety. Safety is not always the most popular drone topic in the agriculture industry. After all, who wants to talk safety when we're still being dazzled with the "wow factor" that drones bring?

Take this video, for example, which is going viral on YouTube. It showcases the fireworks potential of drones - literally.

There's no question, this video is a unique, beautiful look at the technology's capabilities.

It's also incredibly dumb.

As one of the YouTube commentors familiar with the Academy of Model Aeronautics and the FAA notes, "It's stunts like this that give us the one step forward, two steps back scenario."

Fortunately, most farmers are adement that the technology be used responsibly. As Illinois farmer Matt Boucher told us, "I always tell [my children] to respect the dangers of the equipment, or it will one day make you respect it. When flying an unmanned aerial system, everyone needs to maintain a proper distance and always stay away from moving props."

In other words, flying your new unmanned aerial vehicle through a fireworks display? Don't try this at home.

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