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Drone knocks out power for hundreds

Drone knocks out power for hundreds
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The invention of drones has brought in a new wave of concerns over privacy and security, but who knew they could also leave you without power? Residents of Hollywood, California. That's who.

In an incident that occurred on Monday afternoon, numerous witnesses reported a drone hitting a power line, causing an outage. The affected line fell to the ground, and utility personnel found the drone nearby. Currently, there are no leads as to who it belongs to. Hundreds of local residents were impacted by the power outage, which only added to the authorities' plight.

This incident contributes to the growing concerns about the safety of drones, and their possible hazards. The Federal Aviation Administration already has a difficult time identifying drone owners who pilot their crafts unsafely. Fortunately, no injuries were caused by the event, but who knows what might happen the next time.

"If we do find the suspect or if somebody comes forward, they could be charged with a misdemeanor crime," Lt. Edward Ramirez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says. "But as of yet we have no leads. ... It’s an ongoing investigation."

Earlier this year, the governor of California shot down an anti-drone bill, but just this month, legislators on the Los Angeles City Council passed laws with stricter fines. Pilots caught flying drones unsafely could be charged up to $1,000, and receive a six-month jail sentence.

Maybe penalties such as these will thwart unsafe piloting. But what do you think? Are these actions strict enough, or should this offense have harsher fines? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Source: Ars Technica
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