Strange lights in the sky over Fresno, what are they?

CBS47 Investigates

Have you noticed something strange in the sky, flying over the valley, in the last couple of weeks?

A man living in northwest Fresno has and he grabbed his smart phone and got video of it.

Robert Tiger says he’s seen several drones over the past few weeks.

Tiger says not one, two or even three but a squadron of drones hovering around Fresno, and that’s not all.

Tiger says, “They are in the sky from sundown to sunrise and what’s different about it too is they have an escort.” 

Tiger says the drones have a plane which circles all these drones for hours at a time.

CBS47 spoke with the Federal Aviation Administration and even shared with the video with the feds.

Investigators say it could very well be drones.

However, they add because Tiger’s house is in the direct path of the Fresno Airport it could be a plane or even a far away planet.

The FAA wants to remind the public that very strict restrictions are in place, when it comes to flying drones in the state of California.  

Restrictions which members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department Air Support Unit wished the public obeyed.

Sgt. Rich Coningsby says, “Everybody that has a drone should read up on the rules on how to operate a drone, how to register a drone.”

In 2014, a drone nearly took down one of the department’s helicopters just north east of Clovis.

Sgt. Coningsby says, “it came well within 100 feet of us and we were well over 500 feet. We did contact the drone operator. It wasn’t malicious, he just wasn’t sure on the altitude he was flying.”

The FAA says while there are no regulations prohibiting flights over homes or private property, local privacy laws can apply.

The agency adds your drone must be registered with the FAA.

You have to fly below 400 feet, and never near a manned aircraft or airport.

For more restrictions check out the FAA website.
 
As for Tiger, he plans to keep his eyes fixed on the Fresno sky.

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