Drone Footage of Fireworks on July 4th Raises Questions

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July 6, 2014 Updated: July 6, 2014

A new trend of flying drones into fireworks displays has led to some impressive videos.

But it could also lead to some legal troubles.

This stunning video taken by an amateur drone user in West Palm Beach, Florida shows a drone flying right inside a fireworks display and narrowing avoiding explosions. (VIA Youtube/Joe Stiglingh)

It appears this video has started somewhat of a trend.

Alabama Aerial Photography posted this video taken by a drone inside a fireworks display on Friday near Lake Martin, Alabama.

When pilots fly drones into displays such as this one in Nashville on Friday, their device could be struck by a firework and potentially reflect the explosions or the device itself at the heads of unsuspecting bystanders.

Forbes reports that it is common practice for local authorities to establish safety zones for fireworks displays such as these, which would prevent anyone from entering the area.

It is still debatable what this means for unmanned drones or airspace in general, and no one has reportedly faced charges for flying drones into displays as of yet.

As more and more drones get into the hands of private users, more and more legal uncertainties are beginning to crop up.

WFTS reports some are starting to voice privacy concerns after a drone flew over a beach in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Safety is also an issue even in normal conditions, because the drones can still fail and drop out of the sky.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been studying regulations for 6 years, and it will likely be several more before anything new comes out of it.

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