On Tuesday, an Amazon.com employee who was visiting Seattle from out of state flew his drone close to the landmark and later posted the footage on YouTube. He has since taken the video down, but luckily BuzzFeed captured certain parts of the clip:
Pretty awesome, right?
The drone owner actually wound up with police showing up at the hotel room where he launched the drone from. As detailed in the Seattle Police Department blog, the man told police that the drone did not hit the Space Needle as some reports earlier indicated. The contraption reportedly was also not one of Amazon’s high-profile delivery drones, which made news late last year when CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the concept on 60 Minutes.
Interestingly, the incident comes just as President Barack Obama is set to administer new guidelines that relate to the use of drones, according to a report in Politico.
The use of drones has become a highly-debated topic, and particularly in Seattle, a city which has grappled with how unmanned aerial vehicles fit into society.
Previously on GeekWire: High-tech peepers? Cops called after drone spotted outside of Seattle woman’s apartment window