Officials Report Suspicious Drones Flying Over S. Carolina Nuclear Reservation

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There have been reports of drones flying over the Savannah River Site.

Department of Energy officials say drones have been spotted over the complex several times during the last month.

Federal law prohibits drone pilots from flying above nuclear facilities, military sites and other restricted airspace.

SRS officials confirm a drone was also spotted over the nuclear reservation July 5th.

The compound is taking the sightings very seriously and is working with the federal, state and local authorities to find out who is responsible.

As drones are becoming more popular, federal lawmakers are having to come up with new rules for them.

Just this year, the Federal Aviation Administration created a new category for unmanned aircraft.

Clay Holley hasn’t piloted one, but he’s seen them flying around Jackson.

“Just a few around town that some neighbors have played with, but nothing high tech. It’s the low-cost ones and people just having fun, I think, getting an overhead view over their neighborhood,” Holley said.

Just down the road, drones have recently been spotted over the Savannah River Site, which is a big no-no for pilots.

 

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SOURCE: Mike Miller
ABC 6 WJBF