An anonymous reader writes: On the night before sunday, the town of Laerdal in western Norway fought against the flames. More than 30 houses burned and the firefighters called in helicopters to aid in protecting the town. But this time, the firefighters met a new adversary: Drones, small remote controlled helicopters with cameras vied with firefighting helicopters for the airspace over Laerdal. The norwegian newspaper VG published a video taken by one of the drones (see link), allegedly before any firefighting helicopters had arrived on the scene. In the morning hours, Nils Erik Eggen of the local police force called for people to pull their UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) out of the area, as they were in imminent danger of colliding with the manned helicopters of the norwegian 720-squadron, with potentially fatal results.
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