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Investigation Underway After Drone Hovers Over Fenway Park

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    (Published Tuesday, April 9, 2019)

    Was it a bird? Was it a plane? No, it was a drone flying over Fenway Park.

    Authorities are investigating after a drone flew over the ballpark Thursday as the Red Sox faced the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Video at the scene showed the item hovering over the stadium during the late innings of the game. Officials say it is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration rules and the person responsible for flying it is facing charges.

    "The operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) around large stadium events is in violation of FAA regulations and the club has reported the incident to the Boston Police Department," the Red Sox said in a statement.

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    The drone is made by DJT Technology Incorporated, which said it is cooperating with Boston Police.

    "Whoever flew this drone over the stadium overrode our geofencing system and deliberately violated the FAA temporary flight restriction in place over the game," the company said.

    Boston Police said it is working with the FAA on the investigation. Massachusetts State Police said they were assisting the city's law enforcement.

    The Massachusetts Department of Technology reminded the public to follow th rules of the "Drone Road."

    "We are strongly urging drone owners to become aware of the rules for operation as outlined on the website of the Federal Aviation Administration," MassDOT Aeronautics Administrator Jeffrey DeCarlo said in a statement. "Drones are not a toy. They should be operated only under specific circumstances and for specific purposes in order to ensure the safety of the public."

    MassDOT noted that drone users should never fly over groups of people or public events, near emergencies, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The department also said drones should not be flown higher than 400 feet, at night, in poor weather conditions or with low visibility. Drones should remain in sight of their operators, MassDOT said.

    Operators should also register their drones with the FAA.

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