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Sat Jun 4, 2022, 12:59 PM

Man uses M-80s and a drone to annoy neighbors

This has been floating around my NextDoor for awhile, and they finally caught the guy.

It's almost kind of ingenious though. Annoying, frightening, angering. But ingenious.

https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/american-canyon-police-arrest-resident-using-drone-to-ignite-illegal-fireworks/article_87d10b74-e378-11ec-b43b-2f72ec230c94.html

After hearing complaints of “large booms” over the past few weeks, the American Canyon Police Department arrested a man shortly after midnight Friday for igniting illegal fireworks using a drone, according to a department press release.

Following a report of illegal fireworks being ignited from a drone, officers were dispatched early Friday to the 400 block of Poppyfield Drive. Once there, the officers saw a drone in the air, and the drone was igniting fireworks, according to a press release.

The officers then followed the drone, which landed about a block over in 600 block of Kilpatrick Street. Police found an American Canyon resident holding the drone, and detained him, the press release says. The resident admitted to igniting M-80 type explosive devices from the drone — which reportedly had a device attached to it that was used to ignite explosives while in flight. The resident was arrested and issued a misdemeanor citation for dangerous fireworks, police said. Police also seized the drone for evidence.

The press release notes that the incident happened a few days after the Old Fire, which has burned roughly 570 acres, broke out in Napa County.

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Reply Man uses M-80s and a drone to annoy neighbors (Original post)
Sympthsical Jun 2022 OP
2naSalit Jun 2022 #1
Chainfire Jun 2022 #2
Sympthsical Jun 2022 #3
stopdiggin Jun 2022 #4
gulliver Jun 2022 #5
gratuitous Jun 2022 #6

Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 01:10 PM

1. I hope the neighbors...

Can press charges of some kind.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 01:11 PM

2. The most important part of the story is missing

Where did he get the M-80s? I haven't seen one of them since the 1960s. I have seen fireworks called M-80s but the were a tube, with a small firecracker inside.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 01:18 PM

3. They were readily available when I grew up in the 90s

In Illinois, we used to bounce over the Indiana border to get them. Couldn't say now, since it's been a minute.

Fireworks do not seem difficult to obtain in California. In North Bay, people tend to be a lot more cautious, because this whole place will go up in flames if someone rubs their hair on a balloon. However, East Bay has people. In Richmond in particular, you'll just hear them constantly go off at random.

You'd have to be a perfect idiot to be setting off fireworks in North Bay right now. We've had one of the driest winters I can remember. Every day seems like a new Red Flag Warning day.

It's not going to take much.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 01:27 PM

4. illegal fireworks? in this weather?

(just days after a scary fire)
guy's lucky he didn't get 'discovered' by neighbors with baseball bats ...

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 01:29 PM

5. Not sure why it's legal to fly drones in residential areas

That seems worse than dangerous fireworks.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 01:34 PM

6. A propos of nothing in particular

Do they still make wrist rockets? Kind of a souped-up version of a slingshot. Asking for a friend.

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