Drone owner John Thompson isn’t getting much sympathy since he posted this video on Facebook showing firefighters trying to shoot down his drone.
The 12-minute video showed the immediate aftermath of a house fire in Coldenham in upstate New York, when they tried to blast it out of the sky with water.
Thompson said after the dousing, the camera wouldn’t record.
He got little comfort on Facebook, where the increasing debate on privacy and drones was in full view.
“People need to stop getting their kicks out of someone’s loss. You may have the right to film, but others have a right to privacy. Film/ photograph your own business and not that of others,” said one.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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