Drone Causes Power Outage In Moore

Monday, August 28th 2017, 2:42 pm
By: Aaron Brilbeck

A drone flew into a power line in Moore Sunday evening, causing a power outage, a small fire, and damaging two cars.

"You know it's a live powerline.  If there are pedestrians that are struck by that it's a little more serious than damage to a vehicle.” Said Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Dept.

The drone was destroyed in the fire, but police are looking at the video card and think it's just a matter of time before they're knocking on that person's door.

OCCC Drone Academy Instructor Joe Hartpence says this is about a 15-hundred dollar drone, not typically something that a child would be playing with.  "A lot of people are using it for videos for real estate, cinematography, and it goes above and beyond just a toy." Hartpence said.

The FAA has five rules regulating recreational drone flight.

- The aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use

- The aircraft is operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines

- The aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds

- The aircraft is operated in a manner that does not interfere with and gives way to any manned aircraft

- When flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft provides the airport with prior notice of the operation

The last, often unspoken rule, Hartpence says, use a little common sense when flying.  "Yeah.  Just fly safe.” He said,  “Fly safe and fly smart."