A camera-equipped drone has reportedly been blasted out of the sky in a dispute between neighbours.

The drone was reported to be a DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter (above)


The owner told police he was taking aerial photos of his friend’s home, a property under construction in New Jersey, USA.

‘While doing so he heard several gunshots as he simultaneously lost control of the drone,’ Lieutenant Patrick Greene was quoted as saying in a press release posted online by Motherboard, an internet-based magazine and video channel.

‘Upon retrieving the drone, he observed multiple holes in it consistent with a shotgun blast.’

A local man was reportedly arrested and charged with ‘possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief’.

The shotgun and drone were seized by police.

The drone was reported to be a DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter, which costs around £650.

In a poll conducted in the US last year, 47% of respondents believed they had a right to shoot down a drone if one flew over their house and recorded them and their property without their permission.

Last month, video footage emerged of an ‘angry ram’ attacking a drone in New Zealand.

In the UK, an Amateur Photographer (AP) reader said he witnessed a drone crash into a crowd at a classic car event in Brighton, East Sussex over the summer, sparking anger from witnesses.

Last month, AP published an article on the safe use of drones in the UK.


  • Ru_Anderson

    I do like the idea of being allowed to shoot it down though. Could the hunting lobbies reach agreement with PETA if there was a widespread switch to drone hunting instead of wildfowl? What would be the optimum drone hunting season? Its got to be more fun hunting something that actively dodges!

  • entoman

    Although I certainly would not condone using a firearm, it is hardly surprising that this has happened.

    The growing use of drones is disturbing, not only as a cause of invasion of privacy, but also because of the noise and the visual intrusion.

    These contraptions may be acceptable in sports arenas and a very limited number of other situations, but they should be banned over private property unless with the property-owners permission.

    Even more importantly, they should be banned from the open countryside, where they are a most unwanted intrusion, and may even scare wildlife.