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Lake Oswego banning drones from flying during fireworks display

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As the Fourth of July approaches, some fire departments and community groups are warning people not to fly drones over the fireworks.

As drones become more popular all over the country, they’re posing more of a challenge when it comes to keeping fireworks displays safe.

That’s why, for the first time, drones will not be allowed to fly over the fireworks display in Lake Oswego.

Jeff Ward, the General Manager of the Lake Oswego Corporation, said drones have become more and more common at all kinds of events around the lake, including concerts, and for the most part they are safe.

They’ve also flown over the Fourth of July fireworks in the past, as documented in many videos online.

While the drone footage makes for beautiful video, Ward said he’s concerned about safety.

Drones could catch fire and land on a house or in a boat, or they could hit a firework and alter its path.

“If you post online a video and it’s your drone that’s doing it, we’re going to do something to punish you because we want it to be safe,” Ward said.

Drones are actually regulated by the FAA, which has a list of safety guidelines, including things like not flying them over groups of people and keeping them in sight, which is difficult at night.

Anyone operating a drone is responsible for flying it within FAA guidelines and regulations.

As the weather warms up and Oregon heads into fire season, state leaders say people should never fly drones over wildfires because they pose a serious threat to the crews on the ground and for firefighting operations.

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