Drone Circles Building Explosion Taking Photos

Mar 12, 2014 1:53pm

A drone gliding over the rubble of an apartment building ravaged by a gas explosion didn’t belong to the New York police or fire departments, but rather some guy named Brian Wilson.

Wilson launched his small drone, equipped with a video camera, to fly over the scene of the blast that leveled two apartment buildings early this morning . He told the Associated Press he uses the drone to document buildings, weddings and news events, such as the one today.

At least two people were killed and more than 20 were injured today when plumes of thick smoke engulfed the area around the building at 116th Street and Park Avenue after residents reported hearing a loud explosion around 9:30 a.m. and the smell of acrid smoke was overpowering. 

It seems authorities on the scene decided Wilson’s drone was getting in the way and asked him to ground it.

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(Image Credit: Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

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(Image Credit: Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

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