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Drone with camera spotted over Panthers stadium

Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2014 at 11:25 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Police in North Carolina briefly detained and questioned a man who flew a drone with a camera mounted on it over a stadium during an NFL preseason game.

Area news media outlets report that the drone was spotted during the Aug. 17 game between the Carolina Panthers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

The Federal Aviation Administration limits aircraft use near major sporting events, and prohibits unmanned aircraft at sites designated as "Class B" venues, which includes Bank of America Stadium.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police department spokesman Rob Tufano did not say what explanation the drone operator gave for using the prohibited aircraft. He said information obtained during questioning was turned over to the FAA, which has jurisdiction in such matters.

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