Sunday, May 31, 2015

Man caught flying drone during Phillies game

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Stadium security and police were called after a man was caught flying a drone during a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia.

It happened around 4:00 Sunday afternoon.

Authorities say it was spotted flying near third base but it's not clear how high the drone actually went.

Phillies staff saw the drone from inside the ballpark but it landed outside.

The man cooperated with authorities.

The drone was confiscated by Eagles security but will be returned sometime Sunday evening.

Police say they still need to investigate where the man was standing when he controlled the drone. It has to stay within a controller's line of sight.

It's also not clear which stadium property he was standing on - Lincoln Financial Field or Citizens Bank Park.

Police say security from both stadiums are allowed to stop or detain someone for flying a drone.

Action News reached out to the man but he declined to speak with us.

While no charges will be filed it's still possible that the man will face an Federal Aviation Administration penalty or even a fine.

There are restrictions about flying drones over stadiums, large gatherings and near airports.

Police plan to follow up with the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday.

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