While we’ve heard of consumer drones getting in the way of commercial airliners, and more recently, obstructing firefighting operations, we’ve haven’t heard of many cases where drones are shot out of the sky by a neighbor.
Eric Joe, told Ars he was flying his homemade drone over his parents’ orchard late last year. After just three-and-a-half minutes of flight time, a single shotgun blast rang out from the neighbor’s property at the low-flying, slow-moving hexacopter. The drone came crashing down instantly and was damaged beyond repair.
After the neighbor, Brett McBay, declined to cover the costs that he initially was amenable to pay, Joe took McBay to small claims court last month.
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