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Pittsburgh city council seeks to ban drones from parks

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 9, 2015 1:55 AM
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(Pittsburgh) -- Pittsburgh City Council is seeking to restrict the flight of drones and other aerial activities from city parks and playgrounds due to growing privacy and safety concerns. 

One proposal would ban the remote-controlled aircrafts along with skydiving and other "airborne movement of persons'' from city park airspace. 

Pittsburgh Citiparks Director Jim Griffin says a ranger stopped someone from gliding with a parachute at Schenley Park several months back. 

Councilman Dan Gilman says he's received numerous complaints from people about drones snapping photos of their homes.

He says the incidents are a public nuisance and create safety hazards. 

Mayor Bill Peduto says drones are dangerous because they could interfere with low-flying emergency medical helicopters. 

A preliminary vote on the legislation will be held next week.  

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