Upstate city not allowed to use drone fireworks video

Drone fireworks

An Upstate city came under fire by the Federal Aviation Administration after it contracted with a company to get drone footage of its fireworks show.


Spartanburg is in the clear, but city leaders say they will have to change the way they do business.

The FAA cited by the federal agency regulations took effect June 23.

People can fly drones for recreational use, but as soon as they start accepting money for services such as video footage, they are breaking the law.

Spartanburg city leaders were not aware of the regulations, and contracted with Green Giant Media to get drone footage of its Independence Day show.

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