As you celebrate the Independence Day holiday, the FAA is sending out reminders to keep safety front and center. The message is simple: drones and fireworks do not mix well together.

While you’re enjoying your drone during the holiday, know that it is not a great idea to capture firework activity with your drone, the FAA points out.

First, here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Don’t fly your drone in or near fireworks
  • Don’t fly over people
  • Don’t fly near airports

Next, it’s worth remembering that the July 4 weekend is a time when the FAA uses tools such as Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) to restrict aircraft operations within designated areas. Inadvertent flight into a TFR not only places a drone operator’s license at risk; it also increases the chances of being intercepted by military or law enforcement aircraft. Even worse, straying into TFR airspace may increase the risk of a mid-air collision.

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