Around 1pm on Thursday, the Secret Service spotted a drone flying about 100 feet above Lafayette Square, a park in front of the White House. Secret Service members and the US Park Police quickly located the drone operator, who was standing on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue, and told him to land the drone. He did.
According to the Washington Post the man was taken into custody by the US Park Police and roads around the White House were closed. The DC police inspected the craft—apparently a small Parrot Bebop drone. The drone was not found to be a threat. Still, the man will be charged with violating a federal order.
Just yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration launched a campaign to inform people that any area within a 15-mile radius of Reagan National Airport is a “No Drone Zone.”
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