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Sep 21, 2016 1:32 PM

Claremont officials consider ban on flying drones over city cemeteries

CLAREMONT (AP) — Officials in a New Hampshire city are considering a proposed ban on flying drones over city-owned cemeteries to ensure privacy.

The Claremont Eagle-Times reports that, if the City Council approves the cemetery ordinance change on Oct. 12, all private drone flights over four municipally-owned cemeteries in Claremont would be banned.

Officials say privately-owned cemeteries are exempt from this measure.

Assistant Mayor Victor Bergeron, head of the cemetery rules subcommittee, cited a recent complaint from a resident who said a private service had been interrupted by a noisy drone hovering nearby.

There are currently no local ordinances that restrict the use of the unmanned aircraft.

State law restricts the flight altitude of "non-government" drones to 400 feet and prohibits drones from conducting surveillance without consent.

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